Another audience member then brought up a second statistic about above the line female talent, claiming that of all the major comic book publishers today, in the last ten years female above the line talent has gone up, except at Marvel where it has gone down. The frustrated attendee went on to ask Axel what the everyday comic book reader could do to help convince Marvel to invest in more less-established female creative talent.
"Support books beyond the big selling ones," Axel responded, "We really have to fight hard to get a book like Black Widow even approved in the system. We count on your support!"
Axel then went on the defensive and added, “As for your previous point about us not lining up with the rest of the industry, I’m not sure I agree. I don’t want to get talking about statistics or what-have-you, but we’re sort of the big leagues. We play a certain game, and that game is telling superhero comics. We have financial imperatives that drive us. We run our business a certain way.”
Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso responds to criticism over the publisher’s lack of female writers and artists during the Women in Marvel panel at Comic-Con. From here.
The line “we’re sort of the big leagues” is appalling on many levels, but the whole report is worth reading—and also massively at odds, tone-wise, from other reports from the panel. Somehow, I suspect this one may be slightly closer to the reality.(via graemem)
screwing dudes, making bad choices
- me: i just want to be home reading GoT bk4
- which has ALL THE LADIES
- all! the! ladies!
- Molly: true! you get lotsa lady viewpoints in that one
- me: poor cersei tho
- she is losing her shit
- Molly: yeah and i found martin's writing of her sort of ... i don't know
- problematic in hard to define ways
- like she wasn't a total effing moron in the first couple books and then she just gets sort of stupid in a way i don't totally buy
- can't wait to see lena headey kill that stuff though
- me: yeah she's unraveling pretty hard
- and it seems to be directly tied to her getting actual power
- which is a shitty thing to do to a character
- "oh look women can't really handle true power"
- Molly: i suspect there is an argument that her getting power is tied to all her men dying but STILL
- and i don't mean that it's all men but basically her family is an utter disaster
- but all the sex stuff.... he ties that together in a way i find ugh in her story and dany's
- "you got power! now screw some dudes and make bad choices!"
- story of GoT
- screwing and bad choices