Redhead Fangirl

Friday, March 31

Action adventure redheads

More from The Roots of Desire book, biased but about redheads, so...

Herve St. Louis: It's called sequential art, not comics; second, there are rules; and third one of those rules is that all the kick-ass girls are redheads.

"All the action adventure girls have red hair. Whenever it is an independent girl, not a sidekick person, when she has her own mind, or does as good as the guys, she has red hair."

"Blondes are the girlfriend, brunettes the femme fatale, the heroine, she's a redhead. " (ex:Josie and the Pussycats, Pippi Longstocking, Brenda Starr, Ariel, Jessica Rabbit)

  • Anyone reading Loveless by Azzarello? After the Vertigo panel at the NYcomicon, Azzarello got me interested.
  • Read Starship Troopers, from Markosia. Very popular indie comic.


At 12:17 PM, Blogger Mark Kardwell said...

The sheer amount of redheads in golden and silver age comics always suggested two things to me: either it was easy to process through the old four colour printing process, or those old geezers back in the day had a serious kink.

And I've read the first few LOVELESS issues. Nice work, should read well as a trade.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger Ragnell said...

That point about the four color process brings a chicken and egg argument to mind. Did the redhead fascination in pop culture come about because of that, or was red already dramatic shorthand for a certain persoanlity?

At 7:14 PM, Blogger RedheadFangirl said...

Mark, this makes me think of library school, and giving our critiques of children's books...when the printing process and color details were incredibly difficult and limiting.

Ragnell, good point. I think that the redhead strength/sexiness is a tool for storytellers to have a shorthand...It's like the blonde cheerleader representing-- well, bubbleheadedness.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Mark Kardwell said...

Jean Grey, Mary Jane, Medusa, the Black Widow: I reckon Ol' Stan just might have had a bit of a thang for redheads. And that's just Marvel.


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