“The way comics are”.

/“The way comics are”.

I believe that it’s from this perspective that the “mainstream” comic book community appears to view the majority of the voiced concerns from minority readers—female readers, queer readers, readers of colour. From this viewpoint, fan criticisms of the Manara [“heart-butt” Spider-Woman] cover aren’t perceived as the vocalisation of the justified fear of cultural exclusion, erasure, or ignorance within comics. They aren’t recognised as cultural border skirmishes with social identity that go far beyond aesthetics to issues of objectification, sexual agency, and the marginalising of different voices. They aren’t understood as what they really are: a fellow fan saying, “This doesn’t make me feel comfortable. This does not feel like the character as I understand or relate to them.”

Instead, they’re perceived as nothing more than the inconvenience of a little sister banging on the “no girls allowed” sign of her brother’s boys-only clubhouse as she demands to be included in their grownup games. She may be allowed to play with his toys when he’s grown tired of them, but his action figures can’t wear make-up or ride Barbie’s dream horse; they have to subscribe to patriarchal understandings of gender roles. These are explicitly male-orientated toys that are only temporarily co-opted by minority readers to whom they don’t truly belong.

–Adam Sorice on flimsy justifications.

2017-07-17T11:05:53+00:009th October, 2014|Tags: comics, culture|Comments Off on “The way comics are”.