Q:I aspire to your command of the awesome t-shirtitude. I envision myself in jeans, boots, and a corduroy blazer with a nerdy t-shirt, lecturing on chemistry. Srsly, I do.
YES YOU SHOULD WEAR THESE THINGS, ALL OF THE THINGS. Honestly, nerd shirts make you feel clever and charming. Seeing as you are already clever and charming, I had assumed you wore them 24-7.
Also, you have just described my standard outfit… except substitute boots for Chucks and or some other sneakery thingy. So, even classier. Clearly I fit in with the NYC fashion scene. Ew.
Most of my nerd shirts now come from Woot. The older ones are largely from Threadless, though lately they’ve gotten less fun and more hipster as they’ve focused on “design.” Why “design” no longer includes wittiness I’ll never know or understand. I also have some terrific stuff from nataliedee.com. And of course Think Geek. I know that people are also huge fans of Teefury, but I’ve yet to nerd shirt from them.
Come, come to the nerd shirt side of things. It’s clever and charming over here. We drink good coffee and spot caffeine molecule tattoos in the wild. You belong here.
*soft chanting* one of us! one of us!
I want to see James Franco fail at all the things always. A lot.
Actually, he *is* failing (and not even in interesting ways if you look at his art) but no one is closing doors on him. That’s really the problem, because he’s taking up the very limited, very difficult to access slots in creative venues that more focused and more talented people are being denied. Because he’s James Franco.
Should I ever refer to someone as being like James Franco, I can guarantee I don’t mean anything positive.
Q:What do you think the ratio of men to women was at comic con this year?
Ooh, this is tough to get a read on since it’s been my observation that the percentage of women in a room differs hugely between the large halls, the floor, and smaller panels.
I think that overall attendance of women is up. In most smaller comic-oriented panels it still appears to swing hugely to the dude side of things. I suspect that a lot of this has to do with the fact that for every 10 speakers on a panel there’s *maybe* one woman. No, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t women in the industry—it has to do with who organizes a panel, who asks people to participate in it, who pitches the panel, etc. I don’t know that the gender bias is intentional, more an inherited idea that people are “comfortable” with. That said, I didn’t attend the Saga panel or the Spotlight on Fiona Staples (I was on the floor picking up some things and checking out some incredible bindings). I suspect the makeup of those rooms varied from what’s been “the norm.”
I’d say that there are more little girls at the Con than I saw even a few years ago. That’s good. Really, really good. Girls with their dads, their moms, older siblings, etc. I happen to have spent a little time with a thoroughly excellent Boba Fett and her mom, which was awesome.
What I did notice: Women remain the most visible cosplayers. And they’re not cosplaying the “Strong Female Leads” that we’re supposed to all be loving. They’re cosplaying Male Leads, the exceptions are Wonder Woman and Black Widow. I encountered zero She-Hulks (the green paint isn’t the problem; elaborate zombie cosplay shows that women are willing to go the makeup mile). I saw no Captain Marvels or Ms. Marvels. There were Thors, lots of Thors, but at this point it’s difficult to tell if it’s meant as a gender bending cosplay or an homage to an iteration of a character that no one is really acquainted with yet (I suspect it’s the former as it seemed to be the same percentage of Thors since Marvel started the last movie cycle).
The female comic lead women are cosplaying? Wonder Woman. ALWAYS Wonder Woman. Why? Because at some point it was decided that it is absolutely okay to sink marketing dollars into Wonder Woman and make a series from her (*hint hint* make a movie *hint*). Also, Harley Quinn—but before her days as a scantily clad lead, and more from the time of Bruce Timms. (Clothing! Fun! Not so cold on the Con floor!) Also, I’m leaving Anime out of this discussion, because gender rules in Anime are wide, weird, and wonderful.
(In my thoroughly unscientific survey, I’m not counting folks that are clearly doing things just for the exhibitionism—men included. There are just as many 3/4 naked dudes who know nothing about Aquaman but really like the gym as there are ladies in nothing but Band-Aids.)
My read on this (which *might* be wrong because it’s intertwined with feelings about refusing to accept half-measures when it comes to inclusion and representation): There isn’t enough support and marketing behind female leads worthy of Cosplay. The gender bending is rampant in US comics, because women love loud, visible, hilarious and inspiring characters—characters that are still, sadly, predominantly male, characters they find out about because of creator support and marketing $.
[insert 45-minute diatribe about the almighty power of the purse, the historical significant of the “pocket,” and who runs publishing from creation to printing to sales, promise I won’t go on a Thor rant again etc. etc.]
Anyway, yes. Attendance of women seems to be up in my absolutely-no-data-to-back-it-up opinion. But, you know, we’re cosplaying dudes. Lots of ‘em. And part of me can’t help but think that that’s because, well, the full court press that needs to happen to make female leads a respected part of the comic world (and not in a token activism sense) isn’t there yet. And it needs to be.
*This got a bit rambly. I have no idea when I am. I flew backwards in time and now I’m in the future?
*Someone* drove the rental car into a pole. *Someone* still managed to check the rental car in with “no damage.” And a sigh of relief was made by all.
Today’s nerd shirt. I’ve fallen out of the current Who fandom because Moffat isn’t exactly excellent towards persons with ovaries. That said, 9 is my Doctor.
I’ve spent an obscene amount of money on pencils, learned that I probably already know how to pitch, spotted a hand bound coptic sketchbook in the wild (thus making a new artist friend), and forced the husband to sit through a panel filled with middle-aged women crying about butts.
And the Marine Layer remains a lie.
Today’s nerd shirt. If you don’t know what it means, I can’t help you. No one can.
Yesterday I was within feet of Tom Mison’s Wig. Okay, maybe not the wig, just the dude under it. Still, if you felt the planets aligning, that’s what it was. There was also some @midnight stuff, but I’m so jetlagged that it’s all a blur that feels like an exhausted burp.
Also, this Marine Layer thing is a load of bullsh*t. I’m from a city. I know smog when I see it. Screw your science. That sh*t is smog.
In other news, I have obtained a sheep hat.
*This may post twice. Teen Wolf WiFi is eating posts, like the ravenous lycanthrope it is
Still On the Left Coast
I forgot how completely B-string San Diego TV news is. It’s borderline hilarious.
Updates: I have Tarot cards from the Penny Dreadful panel. They’re excellent. Also, there are special illustrated editions of the novels featured in the show, which I need because books and illustrations. I think what I’m saying is that a team of marketing people sat around and figured out exactly how to take MY money specifically. Damnit. If they ever put dirigibles in this show I’m well and truly screwed.
Going to hunt down authors today… and give someone else the money I was going to spend on a new raygun (Weta did not bring the full sized Victorious Mongoose, sadly).
I’ll probably end this day broke and balancing comics on my head while carrying a giant toy sheep.
*trying not to over post, because I wish you were here.
Um. I just got myself into promo footage for the Outlander series…
I deeply appreciate their take on the Booth Babe. Clothed, kilted, winking, terrible accents, and not yet smelling like the dudes they are.