A few days ago Blog@Newsarama contributer J. Caleb Mozzocco wrote an optimistic piece about women working in main stream comics.
Not long after, Heidi MacDonald, long time industry reporter and commentator, posted a link to the original article on her site, The Beat, along with her own insight.
The comments on The Beat article are upwards of 60 posts now but it was Gail's post (she being main example) that said exactly what I feel too.
"I donít mean to offend anyone here, but threads like this make me a little sad. I think itís a case of the readers being ahead of the commentators and publishers. I honestly believe weíre close to a point where the readers donít much give a shit what flavor of person delivers the book they like, they just want the books they like
To be honest, I expected a lot more resistance from the readers than I have experienced, but instead, I get the same kind of enthusiastic support of other writers who broke in at the same time. The READERS donít ask me what itís like to be a woman in comicsÖthey donít much care. They want to know if Donna Troy is going to guest-star in Wonder Woman, or if Catmanís going to kill Deadshot some day. Itís the journalists and some publishers who canít seem to get over the gender issue
I know that there have been generations of women before that have helped pave the way for the likes of me, Gail included, but I've got to agree with her.
The only time I see my name mentioned by an industry commentator is to illustrate a feminist point, one way or the other, rather than the work we're actually doing, while the readers and bloggers on the other hand, are the complete opposite.