There is a strange and pervasive cultural myth that geek girls are like unicorns—we’re rare and mythical creatures who can’t possibly be real. This anxiety over gender is deeply tied to nerds’ concerns about the mainstreaming of geekdom.
Short Run organizers Janice Headley, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh and their bounty of books. Photo: Alex Stonehill.
On Saturday, November 15th, Short Run Comix & Arts Festival will hold its fourth annual showcase for indie comix, small press, and emerging artists. Seattle’s Washington Hall will be filled to its rafters with almost 200 cartoonists, publishers, zinesters, authors, animators, and more. Bitch asked us to put together a list of our favorite small press artists from the festival.
Who is April O’Neil? As the entirely unnecessary new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film floods theaters this month, the sassy reporter and number one mutant turtle documentarian is once again in our cultural consciousness.
Wonder Woman first hit the comics page over 70 years ago—but her story and personal history has changed dramatically with each new generation of artists, writers, and fans.
This show explores Wonder Woman's origins and impact over seven decades. The LA-based Homemade News crew talks about the strange story of her creator William Marston, then we analyze her Amazonian origin story with an excerpt of an article by Stevie St. John. Then, author and scholar Jennifer K. Stuller heads to San Diego ComiCon to talk with comics fans and publishers about what Wonder Woman means to them. Finally, we look to the future of Wonder Woman, as DC comics team Cat Staggs and Amanda Deibert talk about the new Wonder Woman comic book they're creating right now.
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Cosplayers at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012. Original photo by Pat Loika, via Creative Commons.
It’s hard for comic conventions to shake the idea that they’re the sole domain of people who look like the Simpsons' Comic Book Guy. In reality, comic conventions are attended by an ever-growing number of female fans: Female attendance at New York Comic-Con has grown 62 percent over the last three years alone, making women to 41 percent of total attendees. As the number of female fans attending cons has grown, so have conversations about harassment in the comics industry and at conventions specifically.
There was quite a stir within Doctor Who's extensive fandom last week when news broke that two episodes of the BBC sci-fi show's next season will be directed by Rachel Talalay, the director of cult classic Tank Girl and a producer of Hairspray.