From The WTFiles…

The Supergirl clothing line!
Via new Newsarama blog Spin-offs by Stephanie Chen, this youtube link to the launch of the Supergirl clothing line in LA boutique Intuition.
Oh, the horror, the horror! More pink glittery faux-punk ‘girl power – so long as you’re glamorous!’ than you can shake a stick at, and almost no connection to the super girl herself.
On the other hand, I was enormously cheered to see at least one of the numerous (possibly) celebrities interviewed was a fan. Speaketh Adrianne Palicki: ‘This little blonde girl, growing up… I wanted to be just like her.’
Aw. If only she was visible in this clothing line!

Feminism: Weirdly, Not About Men!

This wonderful post from LJ user pnkrokhockeymom articulates with clarity and passion exactly why responding to feminist critique of patriarchy by reassuring the writers that there are nice guys out there can be so very infuriating.
The thing is, it goes so far beyond any one man’s actions, good or bad. These really nice guys always show up–they’re well meaning but they don’t understand– they say, ‘But some of us are nice,’ as if our reactions and internalized confusions are the result of irritating behavior by individual assholes, rather than institutionalized sexism we bear from all fronts simultaneously. The frustrating thing I always feel, and always want to say, is DUDE: FEMINISM IS NOT ABOUT MEN. This is not about you, individually. This is about a culture that treats me as a breeding machine whose sexuality and sexual activity is to be controlled, through any means necessary. No prince charming in feminist clothing (and believe me, I know they’re out there, I’ve loved them, I’ve fucked them, and I hope to find more of them in the future), simply by saying ‘Well, I like it that you are a sexual being, and I love you and respect you not despite it but for it and apart from it simultaneously,’ can negate the impact of a lifetime as a member of the sex class.

The one where I gush about Darwyn Cooke

Via Newsarama, I discover that the NYT has reviewed the DVD release of The New Frontier. I learn that Mr. Cooke fought to keep Lois Lane and Wonder Woman in the film, which relieves and pleases me; Darwyn Cooke’s Wonder Woman is the most original and progressive reworking of that story since Perez’s.

The one screenshot included did disappoint me slightly, since Wonder Woman seems to have lost the signature look Cooke gave her, but given the scene it portrays, I’m still thrilled that it was included.

Supergirl Reinvented

Interview with Tony Bedard over at Sequential Tart.
I’m stoked about this. Supergirl is one of those characters that I’ve always wanted to like, but I’ve been put off by Kara’s missing ribs and that crotch-length fluttery thing that I think is a skirt?
My favorite part of the interview:

But the point of the book isn’t how she looks in her skirt. It’s that growing up and finding your role in the world is hard to do, but that making the right choices is ultimately the most rewarding thing to do.

Wait a minute, back up here! Did he just say…that how a female character looks doesn’t matter? And that maybe, just maybe…the things she says and does and thinks matter more? Zoh. My. God. No way.


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Here you will find links to items that will amuse, amaze, inspire or depress you, short posts and quotes about Interesting Things and a way to procrastinate even further on those things you will get around to doing any minute now. Check back often – there’s so much comics and other interesting stuff going on that there’s sure to be something new!

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Girl Wonder Adds Support to Bra Blitz

Girl-Wonder, founded on the idea of activism and collective action, is officially joining and supporting P.O.W.E.R. In Comics’s Bra Blitz.
Lisa Neptune, founder of P.O.W.E.R., is looking into ordering overstocked/slightly damaged bras from Enell for use in mailing campaigns to major comic publishers. For those unfamiliar with the network, P.O.W.E.R. in Comics is a social network devoted to the promotion of women and minorities in comic creation, comic store/ publishing house ownership, and simple comic enjoyment.
At the moment, she would like to get a head count of members interested, and how many bras they would like. Once she has that, we can get a price estimate out. Also, begin collecting the names and addresses of those you feel should receive a letter and bra. Those will be discussed and posted at a later date. If you’re interested, please leave a comment at the forum topic.

A Very Special Team-up

Spider-man tells it like it is and gives the facts about Planned Parenthood and pregnancy.
Uhh, wow. Spider-man does a better job at giving helpful information to kids about sex than most sex educators in the U.S. do today.
Kids, we’ve got to figure out how to get Spider-man in the classroom again.


What’s this all about?
Dimestore Dames is a celebration of the many, many female characters in comics, who are all too often pushed aside in favor of male heroes and villains. Female characters in superhero comics run the gamut from hero to civilian to villain, from goddess to nonentity, and every one of them is someone’s favorite. Every post here is a profile of one of these great characters, explaining from a very subjective point of view just why she’s so great. It’s a love-in for our favorite four-color gals, and a place to point whenever someone tells you that there just aren’t awesome ladies in comics.
You wrote about my favorite character and why she’s awesome, but you didn’t point out [another thing that makes her awesome]. What gives?
Tell us about it! Like we said, this is a love-in. If there’s a reason you love a certain character, and we didn’t mention it, feel free to point it out in the comments! The more we can celebrate these characters, the better.
I hate this character that you wrote about.
That’s fine. Again, this is a very subjective blog. When we say, ‘this is why Character X is awesome,’ what we mean is, ‘this is why Character X is awesome to me.’
That said, negative comments about the characters will not be tolerated. This is a celebration of female characters. You are absolutely welcome to dislike any of the characters we talk about, but you are not welcome to rant about them here. Just move on to the next post.
Why haven’t you written about Character X yet?
Give us time! We’ve got a lot of characters to get through. That said, feel free to let us know what characters you’re looking forward to seeing.
How do you define ‘female?’ What about trans/intersex/genderqueer characters, or characters without a biological sex, such as robots?
As a rule of thumb, characters who identify as female are eligible for coverage on this blog (so MTF characters are a go, as are lady robots). Intersex and genderqueer characters will be handled on a case by case basis. If you have a question about a specific character’s eligibility, feel free to ask!
I have another question you didn’t answer here.