Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Show Of Hands: Female Cosplay Edition

Here's a question for both male and female geeks everywhere: Which would you prefer to remain as part of comic geek culture?

A.) Cosplayers like THIS?


B.) Guys who spout misogynist crap like THIS...

Honestly? I don't know about you folks, but for me? It's not even a fucking contest.

And yes, that's Starman/Ex Machina Tony Harris. I don't know what possessed Harris to wake up and commit this type of career suicide. Retiring from comics art? His mega-rich uncle died and left him as sole beneficiary in the will? Don't know, don't care.

All I do know and care about is that this "fake geek girl" meme needs to die a quick death.


At 5:50 PM , Blogger Shelly said...

What I don't get is why these misogynist idiots care. So, these cosplaying women wouldn't give them the time of day outside a con. So what? The MYOB rule applies here. See cosplayers you like? Ask to take their pic and/or compliment them, the way I do. Don't like what you see? Move on. That's it.

Clearly, these guys feel threatened in some way, that their geek cred will be diluted or some other crap. I'm nearly 60 (eek!) and when I was growing up, no one wanted to be around me if I had superhero comics in hand in public, including my female friends (I didn't have male friends). Romance or Archie comics were okay, but not superheroes. I don't recall if there was a word for geeks back then, but we weren't special. I didn't know others like me. Geekdom wasn't something to be proud of. Somehow, genre media and comics have become mainstream and that's led to some unfortunate negative consequences, like giving morons and misogynists forums for their stupidity and hate.

At 7:30 PM , Blogger notintheface said...

I'm 47 and I remember making sure to keep my comics habit mostly on the down-low, especially with the opposite sex. I even quit it for a few years.

Yeah, my thought when Harris blathered on about how those hot women wouldn't give those guys the time of day outside was "If that's true, then what the fuck's it to YOU, Chief?"

At 10:43 PM , Blogger Shelly said...

I quit comics for almost a decade, but that was really to boycott DC, which is what I mainly read, because of Supergirl's death in '85. What amazed me when I started visiting a comics shop in NYC again was that before, there were no women working or shopping there, at least not that I ever saw, and after, in the '90s, both were now true. I figured a lot had changed and I was accepted there and could discuss favorite comics there with the staff. Which makes all this nonsense about women cosplayers so bizarre to me. I'm not a cosplayer, so I really had no clue til I read all the blog posts about it recently. Things might be better now, but not nearly better enough.

At 2:34 AM , Blogger MOCK! said...

I'm baffled as to why this has become an issue in the past few days...like so many things, I use my Larry King voice and say "Why do you care?"

I never actively hid my interest in comics growing up but these days I let my freak flag fly! I put them in my classroom, hoping to find a convert in the next generation....and right now, the two biggest fans in my class are girls.

At 2:56 PM , Blogger SallyP said...

So who died and made Mister Harris King of who can and cannot cosplay? Or enjoy comics for that matter. This is utterly ridiculous, he's getting furious about something that doesn't MATTER!

Seriously boys, are you THAT insecure? That terrified that someone else might enjoy your hobby? Why do women have to "pass" some idiotic test? The people who dress up at conventions do so, because they enjoy it, they are there to Have Fun. They do not have to date you. They don't even have to talk to you. They don't have to know the entire history of Aquaman in order to put on a Mera Costume.


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