The Week’s Most Popular Posts: May 11 – 15, 2015

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Catch up with the most popular posts of the week, here on Panels:

Last week, Marvel kicked off the beginning of the end of the Marvel universe withSecret Wars #1. Secret Wars is a big event. So big that, I hate to say it, but the cat’s way out of the bag on the “secret” part. Did I mention it heralds the end of the entire Marvel universe?

Per Panelteer Bri’s advice, I’m here today to help you survive the Secret Wars bynarrowing your focus. By my count, there are 56 Secret Wars tie-in books (so many that they are broken up into three categories: Last Days, Battleworld, and Warzones), not counting the multiple Time Runs Out prequel series. Of those, 17 feature a lady in a lead role. If that piques your interest, read on for more info about each of those 17 books, separated by tie-in category, then listed by release date.

from The Ladies of Marvel’s Secret Wars by Becca Sexton

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Only blaming feminism for Joss leaving was entirely wrong, Buzzfeed got the real reason directly from Joss – he wanted some quiet time so he could concentrate on writing. That was it. Now that Joss has set the record straight have all those that incorrectly blamed feminism apologised or at least stopped the blame game. Not all, a few have doubled down into conspiracy theory territory, “Buzzfeed is lying,” “Joss is lying,” “Everyone is covering up the feminist takeover!” “Aliens ate my hamster!’ Some of the celebs that initially blamed feminism have since apologised, I suspect this was due to them getting misled on the reason why Joss left Twitter. Do the feminists complaining about Avengers: Age of Ultron have a point? It’s a lot more nuanced than a simple yes or no.

from Joss Whedon and Feminism by Marcy Cook

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I like Archie Comics, and I want to support their endeavors. But for me to pledge to this Kickstarter, I’d need them to be far more transparent about exactly why a comics publisher suddenly needs so much money up front to, well, publish comics. And I’d need to feel like they’re offering me rewards that aren’t vaguely insulting in proportion to the money I’d be contributing. (Paying to sign up for a newsletter? Seriously?) I’d also need to feel like they weren’t holding diversity hostage to my willingness to pay much more than retail with no explanation.

from What’s Up With That Archie Kickstarter? by Jessica Plummer

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A couple of weeks ago we ran Non-Compliant: A Survey, asking people to share with us the stories of their Non-Compliant/Bitch-Planet inspired tattoos. The responses were amazing — almost 40 people answered it, and many included their experiences, reasons, and incredibly inspiring stories.

There were a few patterns. Most were in the 25-34 age range, with a few each 18-24 and 35-44. The respondents overwhelmingly identified as female, but there were also male and genderqueer folks in the mix.

For some, this is their first (and maybe only) tattoo; others are adding to their ink. A few got the tattoo with friends, while others got it to feel part of a community they don’t otherwise have in their daily lives. But if you’ve read the comic, it will come as no surprise that every respondent identifies as a feminist.

from We Are Non-Compliant and We Are Legion by Jenn Northington

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With comics, readers are expected to invest not insignificant sums of money over months for a relatively small amount of story. If a queer character isn’t openly introduced in a comic’s first six issues, a queer fan loses roughly $24 and six months of their time to find out if they—or anyone like them—exists.

Some creators use a dramatic gay reveal as an issue’s cliffhanger. More tactful writers may wish to respectfully tell a coming out story over a long period of time. More often than not, neither of these stories are for queer fans; they’re for the straight ones. Most queer readers have seen enough coming out stories (and biopics where the queer character dies at the end, for that matter) to last a lifetime’s Netflix queue.

Creators wishing to do right by their queer fans should buck that status quo invisibility ASAP. At earliest, confirm a queer character in pre-release press, even if a specific character isn’t identified. At the latest, confirm one in the first issue or two.

from Comics and Queer Invisibility by Jon Erik Christianson

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This is not everything, and this isn’t supposed to be a take down of Daredevil as a show. But I think it’s telling, the way they write their women. And that the “evil” women have more control and respect from their male peers is an important note to make.  Foggy and Matt are the good guys, there’s no doubt, but maybe Fisk can give them a course on how to treat a woman like a person.

from The Women of Daredevil by Preeti Chhibber

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