"Medusa is a huge part of this book; she’s a queen but also a warrior queen," Lowe says. "With this we want to amplify them as characters but also make them superheroes you can relate to. She’s a woman dealing with ahuge amount of loss and expectations put on her."
-Senior Editor Nick Lowe on Inhuman (Newsarama)
Yesterday a promotional card for the Austin-based Capital City Comic Con was posted on Twitter. Here’s a look:
At the time was there was quite of bit of negative response including from a representatives of Zeus Comics who originally posted the flyer to Twitter.
I reached out to the con to see if they were aware of this flyer which they were. Another woman posted on their Facebook page with an explanation that included the suggestion that she had never been to a con.
After a few hours of this story circulating over the internets several other people posted to their Facebook page and other places about the flyer. I’ll note that the majority of these comments were not positive and were from both men and women. (I have also been told that Capital City Comic Con deleted some of the negative comics off their site) I also heard from creators who told me that after seeing the artwork earlier this week they had decided not to support the show.
The organizers have now posted the following to their Facebook page:
In response to our prior ad campaign, the proper
steps are being taken in regards to this situation. Capital City Comic Con did not mean to offend or harm anyone, in any way. Our advertising department has been contacted and changes to our marketing material and plan are being made.
We respect everyone’s opinion. We are glad this issue was brought to our attention. We want everyone to feel safe at our convention and not feel offended. As a comic book convention, it is primordial that we do not send the wrong message to fans.
We were contacted by a few female fans who wish to support the distribution of our initial flyers, to which we respectfully declined. As for our future plans, we will no longer use the image of superheroes (or any character) in such fashion. We wish to apologize to anyone we may have offended with our initial promotional campaign.
We would like to invite all of you to comment on our new campaign once released. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
From the staff and management
I’m going to side-eye that reference to “female fans” but, whatever, it’s over.
Let’s hope that comic cons and comic shops choose to promote their events with images that come from the tiresome “boys only” meme of comics realize it is not smart business.
A happy ending! …Sort of.
when we talk about women in refrigerators it’s not always something super literal
i don’t imagine in writers room across the globe they’re all sitting there like “well we’re out of ideas let’s fridge another one” (but maybe they do i have no idea)
but what’s happening consciously or unconsciously writers are deciding that women are more valuable dead then alive. this goes way back. this is poe saying there’s nothing more poetic than the death of a beautiful woman. this is a dozen pre raphaelite paintings of ophelia drowning because they found her suffering erotic. this is the first reaction to laura palmer’s body being found being, “she was so beautiful.”
fuck this. fuck this.
i’m sick of writers getting passes. fuck this. our strong women are taken from us. we don’t get survivors. we don’t get triumph. women get chopped into artistic little pieces for the male heroes to choke own because we’re more valuable this way. because this way you don’t have to worry about our hopes and fears and opinions because we’re dead and dead women tell no tales. they can’t speak out against injustice because men took their tongues. and they think it’s beautiful. death, the ultimate passivity, the ultimate waiting room, is the most beautiful thing of all. there’s nothing more poetic than the death of a beautiful woman.
women matter. they matter when they are living. not listening to women while they’re still breathing is a failure and should not be regarded as anything else. it is a failure with very serious effects
Earlier today I posted about the promo card left developed to promote the Austin based Capital Comic Con. Here’s another look at the card.
I reached out to the contact on their web site, Aaron Luevano who told me by email that he was aware of the card and approved it telling me”I asked before it was designed, many approved.”
A reader also posted about the promo card on the Facebook page for the convention and she sent me the response she got:
"I have to wonder if you’ve even been to a comic con."
So that’s it. They did it. They admit it. They think it’s funny. And when a woman calls them out on it they snidely dismiss it.
Once again that’s the Capital Comic Con of Austin, Texas.
Looks like Capital Comic Con of Austin, Texas has no interest in being a female-friendly place. Con attendees beware.