"Viscerally disturbing...": The Geeks at the Gates - Episode 36

 

It's the second part of the discussion about the portrayal of women in comics between Regie, Hat and Alice. Click the image below to go to the download page at SoundCloud, or just subscribe to The Geeks at the Gates wherever you get your podcasts. All of the images discussed in this episode are to be found below the image.

 We spoke about this cover to Captain Marvel #3

We noted that the cover was - if not a direct homage, at least chanelling the classic "Rosie the Riveter" image. If you've not come across that before, here it is:

For more on Rosie, follow any or all of these links:

 

http://theconversation.com/how-one-rosie-the-riveter-poster-won-out-over-all-the-others-and-became-a-symbol-of-female-empowerment-96496
 

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/rosie-the-riveter

https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/rosie-riveter.htm

 

https://www.womenshistory.org/resources/lesson-plan/rosie-riveter

 

Hat also criticised the cover of Captain Marvel #1 - not for being sexist or sexualised, just for being awful. Here it is for you to decide for yourself:

 

 

 

Both Hat and Regie reckoned the pose from the movie poster used for the soundtrack, advetised on the back of Captain Marvel #3 would have made a better cover. For your consideration, here it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice mentioned the comic Invisible Kingdom by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward as an example of amazing art. Feast your eyes on this example:

She then went on to talk about ODY-C by Matt Fraction, again with art by Christian Ward. Some samples are presented here for your consideration.

 

 

 I think it's the colours that do it for us, but you'll note the lack of sexualisation of the female characters...

 

In connection with the Hawkeye Initiative Regie mentioned the Avengers parody poster that we used as the cover image last week. For the sale of completness, here it is again:

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we were talking about film posters Hat also mentioned the bizarre photoshop job they did on the recent Tomb Raider poster. We're pretty sure that necks aren't supposed to bend like that...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regie mentioned a brilliant Twitter thread about Carol Danvers' arc in Captain Marvel. He couldn't remember who the tweeter was, but we're dedicated here at Geek Towers, so we went and found it - and we agreed with it so much we're presenting it here, with the permission of the original tweeter @GeneticJen:

 

Once again, thanks to @GeneticJen on Twitter for allowing us to reproduce her thread here.

 

Regie also mentioned the scene in Neil Gaiman's Sandman story A Game of You in which the character Barbie ventures into a comic shop to buy a comic for her friend Wanda. Freshly stolen from @Neilhimself's Twitter feed (because I have no idea which of my many unsorted longboxes my copy of the comic is in), here's the page he was talking about.

Aaaaaaaaand that's it for this week. We hope you enjoyed the discussion. If you agree or disagree, please feel free to let us know your views.

 

We'll be back next week. Until then, be kind to yourself, be kind to everyone else, and above all else, love comics.

 

The Geeks at the Gates is a copyright feature of Venus Rising Media, featuring music by Steven G. Saunders. All rights are reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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