- In last week's "New Joe Friday", Joe Quesada pulls a teflon move worthy of a presidential candidate. In the midst of discussion the latest creative summit that sets Marvel's long-range storytelling plans, we get this gem:
NRAMA: Noticeably absent (and for some time) is a female creator in that group. Big picture wise, why hasn't a women creator made it into the tight circle of Marvel creators?
JQ: Because currently there aren't any female writers working on any of our major titles. That said there are female editors at the summit.
It's a weak evasion, and a weak piece of interviewing to let it stand.
I'm actually not even accusing Quesada or marvel of sexist hiring practices. It's a damn small market, this writing of Big Two Comics. It's really just a handful of people, all of whom have proved themselves elsewhere. It's not like the back of previews is packed with female writers who are turning out the kind of action thrillers that would catch Marvel's eye. Just because Chynna Clugston is a great comics creator doesn't mean she's a perfect match to write a long run on Captain America or Iron Man. The Big Two aren't the Major Leagues, where everyone with enough talent will eventually wind up - they produce a pretty specific kind of comic, and aren't about to change anytime soon. I'd lay good money that if J.K. Rowling came along and offered marvel a Spider-Man mini, they wouldn't turn her down because of her chromosomal makeup.
That said ... there aren't enough comics female writers working on comics period, and in the select ranks of The Big Two there are even fewer. I'd really rather not hear from DC fans that Dan Didio is somehow more enlightened due to the presence of Gail Simone and Devin Grayson: two exceptions does not parity make.
- In another Newsarama link, a roundup of DC Nation from Heroes Con contains some tantalizing newsbits:
Speaking of Morrison, Didio noted that Seven Soldiers #1, the conclusion of Morrison's epic, is looking like it will be out in October.
I believe this is, in fact, the literal definition of the phrase "better late than never".
Didio said that Wildstorm is looking at and is in talks to see about bringing back the Milestone Comics characters and series, but it is a very complicated process.
Not much comment other than "Fan-bleeping-tastic".
DC may collect the original Captain Carrot series as a Showcase collection of there's enough demand, Didio said...
There is demand, Mr. DiDio. There is demand.
- I got a chance to see Superman Returns over the weekend, and I think Paul Dini summed up much of what I have to say about the film. It's not 1979 anymore, in case anyone at Warner Brothers was keeping track.