Any California-based nerds out there? Did you go to Comic-Con? How was it? How many Princess Leias-in-gold-bikinis did you see?
It’s one of those things that I might do someday, if I don’t have to travel for it, anyway, as I am a sort-of comic fan. I’m not so much for the super-hero stuff, but I read, enjoy, and have done academic work on graphic novels, and the Dude studies animation. We hang framed cels and original sketches in our apartment. Well done visual narrative (I admit I have a Western-style bias) is like portable theatre to me, and I see a lot of animated films, too. Last weekend, I went to see The Secret of Kells, an Irish/Belgian-produced feature that was beautifully done, but, like most animation (books, films, strips, shorts, etc.), didn’t pass the Bechdel Test. It can get pretty thin for girls and women out there in CartoonLand.
So when I ran across this nifty new-ish site, the awesomely named The Big Feminist But, I got all excited and have been schnarfing it up when I have a spare moment. If you’re into comics/animation, it’s totally worth the click-through to read interviews with explicitly feminist cartoonists, get references for artist/authors to check out, and to see a side of that world that isn’t a relentless 12-year-old-boys’ club.
Speaking of references…what’s your favorite feminist (-friendly) comic or graphic novel? (Or am I the only geek out here?)