So I've been on Tumblr for a while. When I first got into it, I thought it was going to be a LiveJournal-style blog, and I was very excited, because Twitter and Facebook just weren't geared toward my geek rants.
* People will scoot your post down real fast, and their posts are often just reblogs of throwaway things that struck them as cute and funny. Some people opt to reblog their own posts "for the morning crowd" or "for the evening crowd" to counterbalance things they really want to be seen, but it always left a bad taste in my mouth.
There's no good way to have a conversation, so if you're going to write a long post, it's either going to devolve into straw-man whack-a-thon or just lay dormant.
So there are a handful of drafts that have been lurking there, and I think I'll unleash them on Ello and see what happens.
Preface: I love talking about mediums and what they do to how we communicate. This one's about the (oh so fun) Hawkeye Initiative, and why I theorize hyper-sexualization has a correlation to the medium of issue-style publication.
The ridiculous anatomy-warping-sexy-pose problem, as lampooned by the Hawkeye Initiative, is a symptom of very real problems in geek culture. One of those problems is objectifying women. But I believe it’s also a problem with the serial-comic medium. Artists learned to add bells or whistles or boobs or g-strings to make someone stop and look at THEIR cover instead of the TWENTY OTHERS on the rack and hopefully pick it up and see, oh, there’s a small book behind this intriguing art.
But even then, there’s only 30 pages of story there, so you have to repeat the process with the next issue, and the next, and the next.
The medium is hard to get engaged on a storytelling level, and easy to get involved on a visual level, and that’s what encourages this culture of “sex sells”.
Unlike a complex story, the story of “this woman is hot” can be told in one image, and sometimes one image is all you get to pull a new reader in.
But when you tell a good story in a different form, it changes things. Because of movies like The Avengers, I am able to enjoy what used to be a serial-comic-exclusive story in a medium that, while still prone to gratuitous sex scenes, is critically analyzed and monetarily punished for creating empty eye candy. Furthermore, I pay once to see a movie and get a complete story, not a snippet of a story that started 40 years ago.
Do you think there’s something serial comics give us that is intrinsically valuable and is worth this effort of convincing comic creators that women are serial-comic readers too, and that shit needs to change if you want our business? Or would it be better if we just didn’t give them our business and focused our attention on mediums like movies or webcomics, where men and women are both recognized as part of the audience, and we can tell stories that can be noticed for their plots and not for their sex appeal?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!