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Thursday, January 5

Just a girl in the comic world

Heidi at Comics Fairplay has an interesting post today.

The Object of Desire? Sexism? Testosterone?

Although I'm a librarian, all the reference staff is male. I play guitar now; mostly men in the music stores. But entering this world of comic fandom has put me in a sometimes fun position of being the sole female in a comic store, or one of few at a con (not with their boyfriends/husbands). It's been interesting. There are certainly stereotypical 40 year old virgins who get tongue-tied with women. Or those who spit out whatever they want, social pleasantries be damned! But then there are great artists, writers, and normal people like me, who just like writing and art and the themes of comics.
The one thing I hate is that at every comic con there are several porn star/old playboy models/con slut hags. At the NY con, I walked around the corner and it was 'porn alley'. There were little kids pressed against the pictures while raggedy ass old penthouse chick in her cut off jeans, not even looking good, is selling a 5 x 7 for $25. Yea, that's so hot.


At 5:02 PM, Blogger Heidi Meeley said...

Thank you so much for the link- very cool!

The booth babes are a strange thing for me, and I usually try hard to just ignore them because for all I know it is a paycheck to them. I don't want to judge them, so I feel awkward.

There is another part of me that really wants to know where the booth "dudes" are. Hee hee.

At last Spring's Portland Con, Playmate Barbara Moore was signing pictures. She was there with her fiance' at the time Lorenzo Lamas and they were both dressed nicely. What struck me as awkward was the several fellas hanging about ten feet away from her eyeballing her like she was a steak.

At any rate, I look forward to the day I can go to a show and either see equal time, or see less booth babes. Highly unlikely, but hopeful!

At 6:16 PM, Blogger ShellyS said...

Way back when, I felt so odd going into comic shops. I used to get comics in the local candy store, but in the '70s, I discovered comic book shops and this being NYC, there were the occasional females. Now, not only are women in the stores, they also work there, which is very cool. The regular staff, of both sexes, know me and treat me with the same respect they show the guys.

I went to my first comicon in the '70s, back when Phil Seuling had an annual comicon in Manhattan and while the guys outnumbered us gals, I didn't feel I was treated any differently.

It's been a long time since I've been at a comicon. Been thinking about going to the one this winter at the Javitz Center. Are you going?

At 7:20 PM, Blogger rich said...

Big Apple show on January 14? Or the other one in late February?

At 8:51 PM, Blogger ShellyS said...

The February show. It's been something like uh, 30 years since I've been to a Comicon, or close to that.

At 5:15 AM, Blogger Lea Hernandez said...

Man, I hate the booth bunnies. Not because I hate pretty girls collecting paychecks, but because any booth with one is saying, loud and clear, "We haven't got enugh confidence in our product, so we need a honey trap for guys to drool over."

I wanted to cry when I found out Disney/Pixar used booth bunnies to promote The Incredibles at San Diego Comic-Con International. Skinny women in what looked like porn parodies of the Incredibles costumes, cameltoes, posing for pictures. It didn't ruin the movie for me or anything like that, but it said a lot to me about someone's opinion that a superhero movie couldn't sell itself at a convention dominated by superhero imagery. Even pretty girls wearing the movie versions of the costumes would've been better.



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