Comics Twitter is a JERK!

Subtitled “Ask me about MY feminist agenda”.

The thing about this whole mess I don’t get is, why do the misogynist man-babies get so wound up about a book they didn’t read?  They are gleefully vile in attacking Chelsea Cain after the cancellation of the Mockingbird series, and the preview of Joelle Jones’s cover to Mockingbird #8 seen in part above.  Why?  Why are they so threatened by the idea of a comic book series not directly aimed at them?

I’m late to Mockingbird, mostly because I didn’t have a ton of cash for comics over the past year or so, but I’ve read it up as the issues have hit Marvel Unlimited and it’s quite a bit of fun, enough that I’m going to get the trades.  The thing is, if I hadn’t liked it I could just…not read it.  Even if I had bought the first issue, and not liked it, I’m out, like $4.  I could MOVE ON and not make my whole life about the fact that a woman wrote (or drew or colored or lettered) a comic that was not specifically targeted to me.  The fact that Hellcat exists doesn’t actually stop me from reading Iron Man or Batman.  Your local comic shop isn’t going to smack that issue of Superman out of your hand, rip a five-spot from your wallet, and stuff an issue of Lumberjanes in your bag whether you want it or not.  Look, I guarantee comic companies don’t want to replace your manly comics with feminist ones, they want to sell BOTH.  They will make more of whatever sells.  Marvel would put out 100 books a week if they all sold 50k copies.  They don’t, so some books go on, and some get cancelled.  Mockingbird didn’t find an audience, but the correct response shouldn’t be to crow about it and harass the creators behind it beyond all reasonable endurance.  You should be celebrating that a company is willing to try something different than just another comic about a white guy punching bad guys because his parents died.

There is no excuse for what happened to Chelsea Cain, or any other person who has been chased off or had vile insults and threats leveled at them for the ‘crime’ of doing something in a formerly male-dominated space.  Don’t give in to the impulse to gatekeep ‘others’ out of your hobby, and seriously, don’t take your hobby so seriously that you think abusing strangers is a good idea.  I get really tired of being a part of fandoms that act like this (I’m a gamer too).  I plan to be a better ally, and so should you.

Anybody who wants to check out Chelsea Cain’s work, see the below:

  1. Mockingbird, Volume 1:  I Can Explain
  2. Mockingbird, Volume 2:  My Feminist Agenda
  3. Heartsick
  4. One Kick

Go ahead, step outside your comfort zone.  You may just be glad you did.

Comics Review

Comic Book Review – Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #1

So I grabbed Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat because I enjoy reading Kate Leth’s commentary on comics and her perspective, and I have to admit it’s more fun than I thought.  Plus, I got a solid sampling of Brittney L. Williams’s art, which works for me (she’ll be doing a Legend of Korra comic in the future).

If you are new to Hellcat (or coming from Patsy “Trish” Walker appearing on the Jessica Jones Netflix series), Leth and Williams get you up to speed in one page on her comics background.  Patsy is one of Marvel’s oldest characters, debuting in 1944 as the star of a series of teen romance comics published by Timely, the precursor to Marvel.  When she was brought into the Marvel Universe, it was established that those earlier adventures were also comic stories in-universe written by Patsy’s mother.  They played off this with her Jessica Jones appearance, where Patsy had been made to star in a Disney Channel-ish teen TV show by her mother.  Since joining the Marvel U she got powers, and had short stints as a Defender and even as an Avenger.

Before this issue, Patsy had been working as an investigator for She-Hulk, but loses both the job and her place to live in one fell swoop.  But like a cat, she lands on her feet, and finds a new purpose in life to boot – finding work for people with more…mundane powers.  Not everybody can be a hero, but with more and more powered people out there (thanks in part to that cloud of Terrigen that was released), there’s an abundance of folks that may be uniquely skilled at certain jobs.  Patsy makes it her mission to find gainful employment for the powered folk of the world who AREN’T on super-teams.  Complicating things is her old rival Hedy, who just republished the romance comics they starred in.

Look, I’m not going to but this month to month, but they’ve shown me enough that I’m definitely checking it out via Marvel Unlimited, and may just add it to my list of trades to buy and gift.  If you enjoy The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, check this out.