I’ve been sick for two damn months. I’m angry. Kind of depressed about it, too. What else to say about lack of posting.
So does everyone know about the “Women in Refrigerators” deal? I’ll fill you in quickly for those that don’t read comics and come here for other reasons: women in comics (especially super-hero comics) are treated real bad in order to have the male protagonist develop and/or move the plot along. The term comes from an issue of Green Lantern where his girlfriend is murdered, dismembered and put in a refrigerator for what amounts to “character development.” And strangely it is a disturbing trend (visit the above link for examples).
I thought this weird phenomena was relegated to super-hero comics, but I was really disturbed to read this post from Jennifer de Guzman (of Slave Labor Graphics) about seeing the trend in independent comics as well as she went through the slush pile (and some of the comments in response are even scarier).
Strangely enough, after I got done feeling a little sick, I thought about my own work (sign of an artist: ME ME ME) since I’m an indy, and some of the responses from women (ironically) I got for Quick Step. I don’t think I’ve heard a bad thing about it, but some were upset that Lorenzo left Sandra at the end of the book to essentially chase his dream (his true love) instead of happily-ever-after with her.
Which is kind of crap, because there is no happily-ever-after. In my head, if I was ever going to do a sequel to Quick Step it would focus exclusively on Sandra moving on, which would take all of one page because c’mon – she kissed a guy once at a dance and then he leaves her? She’d be disappointed maybe, but judging from the responses, I think people expected her life to be over.
No, she’d go to college, meet someone else maybe. Perhaps even have a wonderful life alone? Or with someone? Does it matter?
I’ve been asked quite a bit if I was going to do a sequel, and I always said ‘no,’ because I know how Lorenzo’s character ends up in my head (it ain’t pretty). Now I’m actually considering a Sandra follow-up, because I have a good story in my head for her.
Not to mention a couple other stories with female protagonists, and gay protagonists even. It feels like now more than ever I need to tell these stories. And lest someone say to get off the soapbox, or how can a white male creator save women characters in comics, I’m not. I’d like to contribute to a greater diversity of great stories. Besides, there are a whole giant mess of very, very talented female cartoonists coming out right now (I mean goddamn amazing) leading the charge for change themselves.
I just want to tell good stories…
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