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I can have superhero comics now?

Taking a quick break from real work (it is trying to KILL me), to post something stupid: there's been a lot of talk lately about women and how they don't write/draw enough superhero comics, and how my gender is seriously under-represented within the genre, and I have to say, I'm probably part of the problem. Sadly, although I have drawn and written literally over a thousand pages of comics (mostly online, but I'm getting a few things in hardcopy), there are absolutely no superheroes within those pages, and as we all know, superhero comics are the only comics that matter. Or something, I'm not quite sure what the point was, but ... anyway, whatever! It's a problem, and I, as a woman drawing comics, shall fix it, thanks to a class I taught with my friend Leisl a few months back. We were invited to a private grade school to teach adorable children about comics, and drew our own as examples. And I drew a superhero comic.

OH MY GOD IS IT NOT THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER. ALL SHALL LOVE ME AND DESPAIR. ... I shall call her "The Tripper." Her power is the ability to trip up evil. ... huh, that sounded wrong. Anyway, enjoy. Also, I would like a billion dollars from DC Comics for this property.*

*You can assume everything above the asterisk is a joke. Srsly, kidding.

Comments

MUAHAHAHA!! I want to see more of The Tripper.
"The tripper" sounds like a very hippie hero...
Whoa, man. I mean, whoa. You've, like, blown my mind. :o
Yeah, I didn't think about that until I actually wrote it, making me probably the most innocent person ever...
"The Tripper" sounds dangerously like "The Stripper," in that if there was an actual superhero named "The Tripper" and somebody was talking about her, I would probably say, "I'm sorry, what did you just say?"
You have fulfilled your feminine civic duty. Carry on.
My work here is done. Off to help others!
haha adorable! but didnt you draw a superhero a bit ago? I would love to see a superhero comic from you
Yeah, the other one was in a simlar vein. Maybe they're sisters or something.

It's kind of too bad Marvel and DC have the monopoloy on Superhero comics, because I do think it'd be fun to do one, but I can't imagine any publisher I'd be interested in working for that'd go for it.
I'm still on the Beatdown train :B
after seeing the post on the D101 LJ thingy, i added you to my list. glad to see you back!
D:< I ARE ANGRY FEMINAZI BUTCH AND I DEMAND MOAR WOMENZ TO DRAW SUPER HERO COMICS CUZ THIS IS CLEARLY SOMEHOW ALL MENS FAULT CUZ THEY ARE OPPRESSING US BY NOT REALLY CARING WHO DRAWS THE COMIC AS LONG AS ITS GOOD!

*Faith draws Super Tripper*

TEH WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE, YOU HAVE SET WOMENZ RIGHTS FORWARD WITH ONE GIANT LEAP!

In all seriousness, I forgot how cute your style is, welcome back to the land of the living. :D
Whoa, I did not say anything like that. Your comment concerns me.
Adding to the joke, no concerns here. And yes, there is a lot of truth to that, and I'd rather not get into a debate over it. So I'm ending that there.

Also Super Tripper needs a sidekick named Second Banana, or something clever like that who throws out banana peels for the classic peel slippage.

And an arch-nemisis named Dr. Ridgeboots, cuz ridged boots are well-know for countering slipping. Or something. Or Mr. Clothesline, who likes to clothesline people.

... assuming you're gonna roll with the Super Tripper one-off.

(Anonymous)

So is the mailbox The Tripper's secret headquarters?

You need to collect these comic shorts into a one shot or a mini-comic or something. If laughter is the best medicine, you may be close to curing cancer.

I enjoy superhero books and all but if this is your way of announcing that you'll be signing on for the latest Big Two mega-universe-altering, status-quo-shifting event crossover tentatively titled: Rise of the War of the Brand New Dark Invasion Crisis R.I.P, that makes me cry a little inside:p

-Tyson D.














This is totally unrelated but I just finished reading Zombies Calling (all in one sitting which is amazing for my attention span) and it's great! It's basically word for word what would happen if my friends and I were ever caught up in a zombie invasion. We're a little obsessed :-)
I will be passing the book along to several of them.

(Anonymous)

That was... awesomely funny. :)

To be honest, you shouldn't feel obliged to write/draw something you have no interest in. Although not being from North America, I don't really understand how superheroes seem to dominate the medium. I 'got into' comics through a different route. The only superhero title I've read is Watchmen, (fairly recently and I thought it was kind of overrated) and I consider myself as much a comics lover as the next woman.

Yes yes, I know this post was tongue-in-cheek, but it got me thinking. Do people really assume you mean superheroes when you say you're into comics?

-Annie
The average layperson who hasn't read comics since they were a kid ... yeah, they tend to assume that. Even now, after book publishers have gotten into the comics gig, DC and Marvel are still considered "mainstream." Which is so weird! Jeff Smith's Bone (first self published, then published by Scholastic) has sold millions of copies, but it's not "mainstream"? It's very odd to me. I do understand the fuss about there not being enough women working in the superhero genre, and I think there should be more, but there are so many prominant women working outside of that genre ... it always feels to me like they get ignored by the comics press (although not by mainstream press ... Skim was recently reviewed in the NY Times! Written and drawn by two women!).

I'm not dis-interested in superheroes. I like a good superhero story. But I'm not interested in floppies. And unfortunately that seems to be where the superhero comics are. Personally, I'd love to do a superhero comic about a young female superhero, and have it be light and fun and adventurous, but who would publish it? I honestly can't see anyone who'd be up for it.

(Anonymous)

If only one of the Big Two had an imprint specifically targeted at women or young adults...sigh.

I'd say the floppy format is dying a slow death and will assume the analogous niche role of records in music at some point. The traditionalists may say "nay" furiously and talk about "real fans" buying floppies but at 3-4 bucks a pop in this economy and so many other options available moving forward, the industry needs to adapt rather than cling to a nostalgic fantasy world of 30 to 40 years ago. You can get lots of good superhero fixes in trades.

Maybe a mini-series collected into a trade at Image or Dark Horse?

-Tyson D.