Ragnell made a moving post last night about the illusion of a "unified voice" of feminist comics crit. Her point? There is no unified voice. There's discussion, dissention, redundancy (especially lately), agreements, outrage, and praise. But it's not all the same.
That's nothing, however, to the people who go through the links and think that there's a swarm a drones following some Alien Amazon Queen in her outrage. The communities doesn't work that way, not on this scale.
One of the Feminism and Comics Bingo squares is "Don't like it? Create your own!"
The truth of the matter is, there are a LOT of women comics creators. More than you'd think. Some of them are very talented. Some of them aren't. Some have good narratives, some of them don't--just like any other community of creators.
But they exist, and I am tired of that fact being ignored.
Which brings me to another point.
Most of the most intelligent, bad ass, talented, feminist-minded, and awesome women I know read comics.
Another large portion of that number are involved in the industry.
Another portion of that work for DC or Marvel.
These women ARE there.
I'm kind of stunned that there seems to be such a "Bah, GIRLS don't read COMICS!" sentiment, when so many women work for the mainstream companies. And as Editors! And Writers! And Artists!
I challenge anyone to disregard Amanda Conner's work.
I challenge anyone to disregard the impact Gail Simone has had on the DCU.
I challenge anyone to disregard Devin Grayson's impact on the DCU.
Joan Hilty. Alison Bechdel. Liz Baillie. Miss Lasko-Gross. Ariel Schrag. Diane DiMassa. Lynn Johnston. Cathy Guisewite. Raina Telgemeier. Trina Robbins. Colleen Doran. Jill Thompson. Heidi McDonald. Karen Berger. And dozens and dozens of others.
THESE WOMEN ALL EXIST AND WORK AND CREATE COMICS.
They are here. And I'm not sure what needs to be done to show the "Comic Book Club Tree House" that we're here, dammit--and women are creating the stuff they seem to think we don't love, too.
It would also help, if even a little, if we redirected our energy from being angry at what women aren't doing in comics, to copious and visible appreciation of what we *are* doing.