-Parts of this satirical piece by Mike Sterling (specifically the bits about Magic: the Gathering and the selection of independent books) reminds me of previous experiences in a certain comics shop located in the South with strong ties to the blogosphere. I haven't been in there in a couple of years, though.
-I agree with this sentiment. That fight was cooler than anything happening in comics right now.
-Saw this linked on When Fangirls Attack:
"Instead of marginalizing women further by creating a comics-line ghetto of 'girls’ books,' try making mainstream comics more female-friendly. Maybe if rape wasn’t a universal part of superheroines’ backstories, or if you treated female characters as more than a superficially scripted set of tits, women would be more interested in your books."
No one in their right mind would argue that Marvel and DC are doing all they can to attract female readers to their superhero titles. Getting rid of the rape and objectification would certainly help. But thing is that some--maybe most--women aren't ever going to be interested in superhero comics. It's not a gender thing, it's a human nature thing--most men aren't interested in superhero comics, either. I don't think that the Minx line is going to attract a lot of casual male readers, but there are certainly quite a few men out there who would be more interested in those comics than Justice League. I don't really agree that a line targeted to young girls is necessarily a "ghetto" (as this would imply that reading superhero comics is normative, when clearly it is not), but maybe it would seem less so if DC started a new line reaching out to male readers who aren't interested in their current offerings (ie, superheroes, soft sf, light horror, and fantasy). Maybe that's what Vertigo is trying to do with 100 Bullets and The Other Side, but I'll always associate that imprint with stuff like Sandman and Y the Last Man. There is an ocean of male readers who have no interest in that kind of material. If the Minx line is a success, maybe DC should try courting these readers.
In other words, I hope DC (and eventually Marvel) try to publish more comics in a variety of genres, so that attempts to engage a new demographic won't be interpreted as ghettoization. (And yes, both companies should try to eliminate all traces of misogyny from their work, but that kind of goes without saying.)
-I think Jack Kirby is more like Marc Bolan, but the analogy falls apart when you actually start to think about it. Nevertheless, if you're going to compare Kirby to some musician and/or songwriter, the person(s) you're comparing him to had better be associated with loud electric guitars. Kirby's action scenes are not the stuff of string sections.