So, this story has been making the rounds since SDCC:
For the record, I was THERE at that panel, and there was a reason that people booed: because after making her initial point (which, as is noted in the article, everyone in the room, including the panelists, approved of), she would NOT shut up, and wouldn’t let other people have a turn to talk. Not only was it rehashing the same point over and over (and seeming to expect a point by point plan of action from the panelists on the spot), it started to feel–both to me and to the people around me–as if it was becoming quite annoying. (What? Dan DiDio doesn’t have time to sit in the panel and discuss gender issues in comics with you personally? HERESY!)
Now, does this gal have a point? Yeah, I think she does. I applauded her initial question (and a few subsequent statements) along with everyone else in the room. But should this be the public relations shitstorm that it turned into for DC? Hell no.
Here’s an idea: how about we encourage DC to just TELL SOME GOOD GODAMN STORIES and stop worrying so much about the gender of the hero (or even worse) the gender of the person writing a given book? A good story is a good story and should be told. Are women underrepresented in comics, both as heroes and creators? Sure. But I care about good stories a lot more than I care about demographic percentiles.
And, I sure as HELL don’t want someone sticking their nose into what had until then been an excellent and entertaining panel to make (and RE-make, and then emphasize just in case we missed it) a political point. Also, in the above interview? Her framing DiDio’s citation of Mera as a female heroine who is “right there with Aquaman” as somehow HOLDING MERA INFERIOR TO AQUAMAN is just insane, not to mention insulting to Mera.
The worst part of all this is that, since for reasons that I can’t fathom, some people have decided to lionize this gal and use her as the figurehead of a “more women naow!” movement, DC has been forced to respond with a press release acknowledging the manufactured ‘outcry’ from the ‘public’ about the suddenly vital gender percentage of creators and heroes in their company.
Here’s the god’s honest truth, coming from a woman, a comic reader, and a DC fan: I don’t WANT DC to hire more female creators, I don’t want them to create new female superheros–UNLESS THEY ARE GOOD. You know what I want, as a female comic reader, DC? I want a good story, written by a great writer, drawn by a great artist, with heroes I love and identify with. Does that mean you may have to branch out your creator demographic? Yeah. But for god’s sake don’t hire an inferior creator just because she’s a woman. That would make me cry.
By the way…DC has no good female heroes or creators? Really?