This was just posted to the DC website:
Over the past week we’ve heard from fans about a need for more women writers, artists and characters. We want you to know, first and foremost, that we hear you and take your concerns very seriously.
We’ve been very fortunate in recent years to have…
I’m actually tearing up a little. They listened to us. This is a great day for comic book feminism.
Ha! Forgive me being cynical, but I’m feeling this all like ‘cover our lady-hatin’ butts with slick and appeasing press release so them uppity womens shuts the fuck up’.
I’m pretty sure neither Didio or Lee wrote this, I’m bettin’ their publicity department did. I doubt they even signed off on it. Pretty typical for large corporations that have garnered controversy.
I was talking to a DC staff member the other day about this situation and she was telling me how Didio just can’t do slick PR stuff, that he’s abrasive by nature. I was arguing that, at his level, he had to learn and to be aware of the greater context of what he says. When placed in the context of a sexist society, his abrasiveness on the issue of female equality doesn’t come off as a personality quirk. It comes off as plain old misogyny.
It is his job, as THE Boss of DC Comics to know how to conduct himself at a professional level, because he IS the image of DC Comics. His behaviour and demeanour sends a message - whether he likes it or not. He can’t just get away with that ‘upfront man-child’ crap.
I will believe DC Comics takes female equality in their halls and their books seriously when I see some action taken - real action. How can I believe this shit when we see the redesigns done to some of the female characters’ costumes, done by Jim Lee himself - supposedly the co-signer to this placatory statement - ?? Getting more female creators onboard is a start, but it’s a false start if they are limited on what they can do with their books, particularly the female characters - what kind of respect DC treats those characters with as well, what kind of stories are allowed to be told.
DC, put your fucking politics where your mouths are.
As of May 25th, 2011 16 women worked for DC’s creative staff . This comming September, that number will be cut back to 2 women.
This week San Deigo ComicCon Dan Didio was asked why more women didn’t work for DC and his answer was “Who should we have hired?”
We, the undersigned, are willing to offer Dan Didio and the rest of DC’s publishers and editors a list of female creators they could approch.
REBLOGGING THIS AGAIN.
Because someone on Facebook or maybe Tumblr, I really can’t remember, was it you Dorian?, reminded me that Rob Liefeld still has a job.
I wondered where the original tumblr post started! I blogged this last night, but I wanted to join in the chain!
Grrrrrr, livejournal has flaked out on me the last 24 hours, so posting Haven updates here temporarily…
Well, San Diego Comic Con is over for another year… I spent the weekend trying to distract myself whilst still fertively checking updates and feeling sorrowful and depressed my long-anticipated was last-minute cancelled. Booo!
Harleypalooza went ahead - unfortunately there was a bit of a mixup. A lot of people arrived at midday, the scheduled time, but the new organisers didn’t arrive until much later so by the time the protest got started, there was only a handful of Harleys left. But no matter what time anyone was there, everyone looked wonderful and did a fantastic job!
The protest also got a fair bit of media coverage, with photos and videos too! Here’s a round-up:
DC reboot protesters march to, tape signs on DC Comic-Con booth (Blastr)
Fan Protest of DC Comics Relaunch Results in Small Turnout [Comic-Con] (Comics Alliance)
Fox News Interviews The DC New 52 Relaunch Protest (Bleeding Cool/Fox)
SDCC 2011: Costumed Fans Gather to Protest the DCnU (Newsarama)
Apparently Jim Lee could only justify Harley’s redesign by saying that (paraphrase): “people liked how she looked in Arkham Asylum”. SIIIIIGGGHHHHH. SO way to not get it, Lee. I mean, c’mon… part of the fun in having alternate versions of Harley is that we still have the classic original to go back to. We can freely love and enjoy the other ‘looks’ cos they’re in other continuities - other worlds - while we know we still have classic Harley to rely on. Now you’ve taken that away from us! And it’s stupid and nonsensical. Grrrrr.
Meanwhile, this article on Comics Alliance has them saying this about Harley: With regards to the cover, DC acknowledged negative reaction to the scantily clad Harley Quinn by saying “provocative is good.” Later, a woman who said she named her children Talia and Harley asked why Harley Quinn looks so sinister on the cover. Glass said that he didn’t draw the cover and that while she has a new outfit, Harley Quinn has the same bubbly personality she’s always had, and that the fan will “certainly be able to recognize the character.” Provocative is good? Really? That tired old “any publicity is good publicity” crapola? C’mon. If you have to resort to knee-jerk shock-value tactics to get attention, chances are there’s not much substance to the project. It IS nice to hear that she’ll be the same character - but why the radically different, OOC look then? Oh right, cos Jim Lee is pig-headed. Gotcha.
The full-length look of HQ has also been released now - this has been floating around the web for a few days and I’ve blogged it elsewhere already but livejournal has been screwy so you’ve probably seen this already, but what the hey:
Just what exactly is with Jim Lee’s current obsession with stirrups? For real? They look STUPID.
I was also sent this AMAZING photo of the upcoming Tango with Evil two-pack… purrrrrs… can’t wait for it to be released! <3
Tara Stong - the talented voice actress who took over Arleen Sorkin for Arkham City - kindly tagged me in this photo of her standing next to a beautiful maquette of Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn!
Sadly, there were also many reports out of SDCC that DC Staff at panels were less than respectful on the subject of female representation in both staff and comic books. One particularly brave woman asked a few tough questions and was dismissed and ridiculed in response. In response, there has been a huge backlash amongst fans about this behaviour and part of that has been the initiating of this petition: DC Comics: Hire More Women— Here’s A Few To Get You Started. I’ve signed this petition and over 60 people I know have signed it as well. I highly advocate signing it! It only takes a minute and is an important statement to make.
Furthermore, there is a really excellent article on the subject here, written by a dude even - that’s awesome! Sexism, Courage, and Heroism: truth to power isn’t bullying
July 25, 2011
This newly incepted petition includes a convenient and rather lengthy list of professional female comic talent DC COULD consider if they tried hard enough.
I highly advocate signing it!
Harley Quinn Concept Art for the new Suicide Squad #1
WHAT IS WITH THE FUCKING STIRRUPS????????????
I think this is very most likely a Jim Lee.
The Jim Lee birthday celebration continues with a sketch of Harley Quinn.
Check click through for the story behind this. So Effing jealous.
So jealous I could puke!
At SDCC this year, Jim Lee hid a Joker sketch and a Harley sketch in his hotel then sent his twitter followers on a treasure hunt for them really late on the Saturday night.
It really makes me wonder why I didn’t seek the guy out and try and get some skectches - I think I just forgot.
Silly me. >:(
Love this rough, almost abstract paint job far more than I liked his more refined illustrating of Joker in ‘Hush’.
A painting done by Jim Lee, with his fingers, on his iPad. Good to know the Joker pops his collar, too.