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Thursday, May 18

Not a Thing, Slott

I like Dan Slott, for his humor, high regard for comic writing, and depth of knowledge about comics. Plus, spending time with him at the MidJersey Comicon, he was one of the nicest, funniest, real guys- no pretentions, or sleeze factor, was present. Just him, lots of great stories, and hard work. He even launched into a personal story of one of his best male friends-- and completely took the woman's side because the friend was just being a dirtbag.

I've really grown to like She-Hulk for the writing, but it took a while to get over her cheesecake dimensions and see the story of a woman, lawyer, and She-Hulk fighting for her identity. And The Thing- so relevant and current in references-- the last one had The Thing busting Spidey for his Iron Spidey costume, having 3 arms (makes you look like you can't count!) and paying him to go back to the red-and-blue classic costume. Sadly, I saw on Comics Fairplay The Thing is cancelled.

There have been a lot of accusations regarding his She-Hulk - Starfox storyline, and turning Starfox into a 'serial rapist'. Dan Slott replied , asking posters just to give him a fair shake.
As he says, he did the research, the story is over, and "chill, biscuit". Believe me, I am the first to cry Foul! if I think a writer or artist is exploitative (see Miller, Quesada, Cho)-- but Slott isn't that. He is a decent man, taking on an awful subject, and trying to take us with him.

I knew it would be difficult. And that's why I did it. I want this book to stretch and to grow. I want it to be limitless in what stories we can tell there-- what subject matter we can take on-- what characters we can explore. I NEVER want to work on a book that falls into a rut-- that fails to surprise. I want to take risks. They won't always work. I know that. But I'd rather reach for something and fail-- then rest safely in the comforts of what comes easy. Please tell me that you want the titles you read to do just that! Please!

Do you want to take on an utter flaming tool? Give it to Erik Larsen.

There simply aren't things of interest to women to be found there. [comic stores]
Not many women read superhero comics, period. The subject matter, most often, does not draw them in.
{Of the 50 things I can respond to here, I'll say: I'm glad you are "willing to concede your wrong".}

One of the reasons given for women not reading comics is the overly developed females that adorn many comic book covers. I find that notion a little ridiculous and somewhat insulting to the intelligence of women. Women aren't stupid.
[Thanks, Erik, high praise from your altar. It's insulting to be told not to be insulted! It's ridiculous to tell me, someone who has studied Physics, Calculus, and Information Science that I can't find it absurd when comic art steers into pornified territory, where women are objectified, then disguised as "female empowered". It does distort attitudes about women, relationships, and sex to damaging effect. ]


At 2:42 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Reading SHE-HULK, it's a smart book, with a cast of smart women (Jen, Sasha, Mallory). It's just the covers that are dumb and sexist.

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Ragnell said...

I think Dan Slott wrote a good story, but due to all of the hacks who've been using the same sort of plot device, I was really unable to enjoy it. I just got depressed by it.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger geekboypress said...

Hey Laverne,

Ur favorite geekboy here, just lettin ya know that along with myself, Rob Reilly , Brian Quinn and Mike Lilly will be at Midtown Comics in NYC on May 27th from 5-7 for a signing. Also, were in for the August show, right?

At 11:50 AM, Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

Ragnell's comment summed up the difficulties I had reading the story. At first I accused Slott of falling back on "rape" as a plot device, then realized I did him a disservice.

However, due to the Kevin Smiths and Brad Meltzers of the world, its hard to see the topic in any other light than exploitative when it comes to super heroines.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger redlib said...

Yes, raped and killed or raped and 'empowered' are much over done and degrading in the comic world recently. So is "death as a marketing tool".
But this story has roots in the sometimes it's not all black and white vein-- Slott overarching theme regarding Starfox, his victims, free will and moral choices.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Rich said...

"I've really grown to like She-Hulk for the writing, but it took a while to get over her cheesecake dimensions and see the story of a woman, lawyer, and She-Hulk fighting for her identity."

That's nice. It only took two years or so to convince you that there was more to She-Hulk than her lusty proportions ... and that I liked the book for more than those lusty proportions :)

At 4:53 PM, Blogger redlib said...

True Rich! I meant to give you props there for your unflagging devotion to She-Hulk.
However, you did ask one girl to paint herself green and dress as She-Hulk, so it's not all about the writing for you *wink*


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