Monday, April 11, 2005

Stopover at Comixpedia: Invading comics with collective uteri

Joking. ;)

But there's one debatable column here, and here's Wed's report on the UK Web and Mini Comics thing, done in the form of a photo-comic. It does have a picture of me drawing the 24minute comic, which I didn't manage to get for obvious reasons.

Note: Private Eye Butterfly seems to have won the vote by a rather large margin, so that should be next leg.


  1. You make some good points in that article, Ping. Why people always insist on trying to re-segregate things this way--to recreate the very boxes and labels we want to get rid of--always struck me as silly. Focusing on women creators, while all well and good, really does seem to say, "look, these creators are separate and different from other creators," and that just doesn't make any sense to me.

    But you put it much more eloquently than I. Good show.

  2. To play the devil's advocate... it seems that only certain groups that get this treatment -- both the focus and the negative responses to the focus. I don't hear anyone complaining about the Caribbean Festival in town, but boy people sure get polarized about the GBLT parade. I think that if everything really was OK, we wouldn't see focusing on women in webcomics any differently than we see St. Patrick's Day or Oktoberfest.

    If we didn't feel conspicuous in our gender, if we were secure in our status, if we thought we belonged here, we could just let loose and do the equivalent of eating perogies or wearing green to show our heritage. People wouldn't make a fuss. But they do, so there must still be something wrong.

  3. I wonder what it says about me when I read "GBLT" I think of a great sandwich? ;)

    munkymu: Oh, I did acknowledge that the bias still exists (mostly offline comics). The thing is I'm just convinced that it seems to be less prevalent on the web, to the point it's not really worthy of being an webcomics issue.

    I think the reason this topic surfaced in Comixpedia was that it was a carry-over from webcomic predecessors (print comics) in which this is apparently a problem. But as far as I can remember, Keenspot/MT or whatever comic groups have never rejected any female artists based on gender. Nor have I heard of a comic audience abandoning a comic after they found out that the creator was female.

    Granted, the internet is vast, I probably don't even see a tenth of webcomic news.

    Snake In Fall: Dude, nice try, but spamming my blog is SO out of the question!!!

    *exercises admin powers*

  4. Hey I'm searching all over you site trying to find your e-mail address. Perhaps I am slow...

    anways maybe you could e-mail me:

    I was talking with Trina Robbin's (

    about your comixpedia article and she wanted to know if she could reprint it in a newsletter or something. I'm not sure about the details, but she asked me for your e-mail address and I don't have it :(