At Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig writes about Mad Max: Fury Road and Game of Thrones. “So, two very popular storyworlds. Two portrayals of a world where women hold dubious power and are seen as ‘things.’ One of these is roundly criticized for it. One of them is roundly celebrated for it. Game of Thrones catches hell for its portrayal of women and this subject. Mad Max is wreathed in a garland of bike chains and hubcabs for it. What, then, is the difference? Let’s try to suss it out.”
Posted July 31, 2011
Fans are upset with DC’s drop from 12% female creators to just under 2%, or, well, 3 total. And fans, most notably the Batgirl of San Diego, asked about it at San Diego Comic Con. DC’s Dan DiDio responded by demanding of a male fan, “What do those numbers mean to you?” and “Who should we have hired?” The Beat has a firsthand account of the interaction. Comics Alliance‘s Laura Hudson wrote on what those numbers meant. Comic Book Grrrl has some thoughts, and a fan created a petition asking DC to hire more female creators and included a list. Now Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have written a joint letter saying they have heard fans and affirming their commitment to diversity. Bleeding Cool suggests no one wants “a repeat performance,” but I bet there will be a lot of Batgirls at New York Comic Con. And the petition is a good way to help DC keep listening.