My first thought is, "my god, that looks like a Chick tract."
I'm glad to see the artists have continued to render breasts and cleavage with enthusiastic detail. What would a comic book be without boobs?
If comics want to corner the girls market effectively, they will team up with LiveJournal, and find a way to present dialogs underneath entries as a series of panels depicting a story as opposed to a tepid "thread" format with uniform emoti-avatars.
Phoebe Gloeckner wrote some of the best damn "girl's comics" I've ever seen. An endless epic of innocent curiosity being totally manipulated by fucked-up adults. Her stories blow your mind like a trainwreck does. You can't stand another second and you can't look away. I find it hard to believe that any of the new girl cartoonists can hold a candle to her work.
I wish I could say I'm surprised, but I'm not.
I understand your hesitance at these, but to me they look totally great; they have the potential to be today's version of those dumb golden-age romance comics.
No links to Strangers in Paradise? That's one of the more female-friendly comics on the market. I don't like it much now, but boy howdy did I love it when I was a little angsty teenager.
Harlequin Romance has been doing this for awhile, also. It's not going to change what the weirdo indie comix have going for them. If Daniel Clowes, etc, wanted to make money, they wouldn't have gone into cartooning. So the fact that some people are making money rendering crappy plot lines isn't going to ruin it for everyone else.
DC's been trying to get into the manga game for a looong time, and has mostly been failing.
And a lot of the manga that Viz and TokyoPop do is just as bad as whatever DC will put out.
Also, the girls aren't going to comic shops to buy these comics, they're going to bookstores. Suburban Barnes and Nobles stock one shelf of graphic novels (both superhero and small press) and four to five of manga (mostly Japanese translations, but some American stuff, too).
And Jim Rugg, artist on the offending page, drew Street Angel (mentioned in the NYTimes article), which is a sweet comic. Ask for it at your local library.
Fantagraphics is celebrating 30 years of publishing! Damn! And they're opening a brand new Retail and Gallery Space down in Georgetown.
THE OPENING :This Sat, Dec. 2, 5-8 pm.
ADDRESS : 1201 S. Vale St.
(Airport Way S. at S. Vale St., half a block north of the 9-Pound Hammer)
Artist Ellen Forney will be doing a multimedia performance, plus there's a showcase of original artwork by Dan Clowes, R. Crumb, Joe Sacco, Chris Ware, JUST TO NAME A FEW....
At least the style isn’t that grotesque Japanese huge-eyes, tiny-mouth, huge-tits-stuffed-into-a-schoolgirl/sailor-outfit crap. Anything’s better than that.
Oh, the return of girl comics. It's not like this is some manner of innovation. Romance and drama comics were a staple until the industry as a whole flamed out post-Wertham. Superheroes survived really well, and now all manner of genres are coming back. Crime comics, horror comics, and even a teen girl romance comic book centered around Mary Jane Watson. I think it's a positive trend. Maybe then the New York Times, Salon, and every other fucking periodical that reviews books will quit treating graphic novels like some exotic beast and their reviews will seem less like they're slumming. Maybe they'll stop opening their reviews with, "I know I'm reviewing a comic book, but I want to assure you that I'm really a serious literary person, and not a retarded moron," implying that those of us who read super hero comic books are. Condescending bastards.
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