Si shares the reasoning behind his decision to participate in “panel parity.”
[I]n an industry composed entirely of freelancers, without Shareholder-Meetings, Executive Boards or even Watercooler Moments, panels are very much the public face of our tribe.
Why I’m reblogging this every time it comes up: In an industry where a lot of people give lip service to the concept of equal representation but can’t seem to make the move to concrete action, Paul and Si have zeroed in on—and, critically, taken—a really straightforward, significant step.
I never ask because it embarrasses them. I tell them that the art is stolen; I have my own ideas on how it’s passed around, and I’ve investigated it. It’s not a complete picture, but I have a hazy picture of what really happens. If they’re young people… I had a very young boy come up to me with a page of my artwork. I don’t have the heart not to sign it. I’m not going to embarrass that child, or a female, or a very sincere fan, so I sign it. I have a high respect for the people in comics. I know the average comic fan is a heckuva guy.
I’m not out to be a Leonardo DiVinci, I’m not out to be William Faulkner; I’m out to sell comics, which I think is a very valid American medium. There are people who play down comics, but comics is a valid medium. It’s a visual narrative; instead of words, we like the pictures, we like the balloons. If you’ll go with me to the Sistine Chapel, I’ll put up a couple of balloons on Michelangelo’s work and we can really tell what was going on, (laughter) because I think they’re cartoons in a way.
Writer Si Spurrier was supposed to be on a “How To Write A Comic Script” panel today at London Super Comics Convention, but in support of Paul Cornell’s pledge to give up his seat on panels to qualified female creators when the panels are fewer than half women, he followed suit and gave his seat to cartoonist Tammy Taylor:
…by how inane and insubstantial the discussion is regarding women and comics. It’s not all guys, some females continually make the discussion more juvenile, or become instant apologists, so as not to make waves. It’s frustrating.
I’ve been hearing the same nonsense since before I turned pro,…
“Pete & Pete was among the first longform shows, cable or otherwise, to incorporate indie-rock and underground bands into its very fabric. The long-running Connecticut band Miracle Legion performed the title track under nom de plumePolaris, and provided background music for most episodes. Years before 69 Love Songscemented Stephin Merritt’s place as a renowned songwriter, Pete & Pete used Magnetic Fields and 6ths tracks as bed music. Even the town name “Wellsville” was a deliberate hat tip to Wichita cult heroes The Embarrassment.”
When we first started watching The Adventures of Pete & Pete together last fall, Miles (mis)recalled that it was always autumn in Wellsville. I think he’s right, though, at least figuratively: there’s something fundamentally autumnal about Pete & Pete, a world perpetually balanced on the cusp of something, fighting the inexorability of change. Trying to beat up the ocean. Waiting for October.
The Mercury team included women, about 20 of whom gathered for the anniversary festivities. One pulled aside an Associated Press reporter to make sure she knew women were part of the team.
“Most of the women here are wives,” said Lucy Simon Rakov, 74. But not her.
“We weren’t secretaries. We were mathematicians,” said Rakov, a pioneering computer programmer who traveled from Boston for the reunion.
“What do I love about superhero comics? Well, I’m a five foot tall woman with a short temper who has always kind of looked like a child. I am RIFE with power fantasies. I also have a theater degree and an alcoholic tendency toward spectacle. What draws me to superheroes is probably the same thing that draws me to opera, melodrama, Commedia dell’Arte, Shakespeare, Greek mythology… I think it’s a lizard brain thing. Jungian archetypes in four colors. Humans crave this sort of storytelling, it’s just that as modern men and women we have a broad variety of ways in which to consume it. What draws my son to Teen Titans is the same brain-wiring that drew my grandmother to Days of Our Lives.”—Multiversity Comics: Multiversity Comics Presents: Kelly Sue DeConnick (via kellysue)
Poll question: Should schools bar students from dressing in gender inappropriate clothing?
Currently at 47% yes, 51% no, 2% undecided
The school district is trying to prevent discrimination and bullying of trans* and gender non-conforming kids in schools by preventing them from “cross-gender dressing” (their words, not mine) in the first place. The ban also hopes to address the ‘distracting problem’ of having trans*, genderqueer, and other gender non-conforming students in classes that is apparently disrupting other students’ learning.
For more info:http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/suffolk-weighs-ban-crossgender-clothing-students