Stumptown, Vol. 1

Greg Rucka’s Stumptown opens with a woman getting shot on a the bank of a Portland river. The scene is in dark hues, with the would be killers lit up from the gun blast and the would be corpse falling…

Yo Gabba Gabba board books

For those unfamiliar with the Nick Jr. show, Yo Gabba Gabba is a manic blend of color, music and lessons geared toward the toddler set and their very cool parents. At its best, the show is a fun, silly, indie…

Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer, vol. 1

It was, perhaps, inevitable that the trend of combining classical literature with monsters begun by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would eventually find its way into the worlds of graphic novels and fairy tales. This is the only logical reason…

Irredeemable, vol. 1

“What If The World’s Greatest Hero Decided To Become The World’s Greatest Villain?” That is the question that establishes the world of Irredeemable. The Plutonian, a hero who is basically this world’s Superman, has apparently crossed-over to The Dark Side…

Rapunzel’s Revenge

    Rapunzel has grown up living with just her mother. Well, her mother and a surprising number of guards. Because, as you might have guessed, Rapunzel isn’t really Mother Gothel’s daughter. What the fairy tale never told you is…

…it’s not the sole responsibility of women to somehow get themselves hired so they can write books that their nieces might buy. Men – yes, even straight ones – will have to make an actual effort to establish that diverse landscape in which some of the female characters do wear pants for 20 whole pages. The problem DC has right now is that too many of their creators decided that their book was going to be the one targeted to that all-important horny adolescent boys niche, and someone else could deal with stuff like ‘women’. Somehow the reboot seems to have set DC back about twenty years.

A diverse landscape is a key part of DC’s strategy to find new readers. If they can build that landscape I hope there will still be a place in it for silly teen-friendly sexploitation comics like Catwoman. It just won’t stand out so much next to 26 books about strong, independent crime-fighting women with pants on.

Diversity doesn’t happen because you think it should. Diversity happens when you make it happen. DC has said several times that one of its aims with the reboot was “to diversify as much as possible”. The question we have to ask is, what stopped you?