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I have to point out the absurdity of something in the comics world.

Comic Foundry editor Tim Leong has put up a video blog in which he criticizes the newest issue of Wizard, an activity akin to shooting fish in a barrel. In this video, he takes Wizard to task for objectifying women, not only because it has Jessica Alba on the cover but because there's an article about Frank Cho that says that the boobs Cho draws are a good reason to pick up the issue of Avengers he's doing. I don't really care about Jessica Alba being on the cover, but, yeah, the article about Cho is stupid and it makes me nervous that most fanboys out there, the ones who are mere feet from me at conventions, have a mind that says "BOOBIES BOOOBIES BOOOOOOOOBIES" on continuous loop and Wizard feeds into that.

What's ridiculous about this, though, is that Comic Foundry has featured two covers featuring headless women in underwear. Here's the latest, with a "yellow brick road" leading up to the headless young woman's crotch. At least Jessica Alba has an identity! One of Leong's readers, Leigh Walton, points this odd situation out to him, only to have his comment called "some of the laziest verbal jujitsu I've ever read" by another reader, D. Edward Sauve. What crap.

I don't read Wizard OR Comic Foundry because the imagery both magazines use tells me, "This is not for you." So, you know what, Tim Leong? We women don't need you demonstrating what a sensitive man you are and how much you care about our sex being objectified. Deeds speak louder than words.

Speaking of sensitive, apparently Leong gets teary-eyed over the tasteless hook that Wizard uses in the Cho article about Cho's dead neighbor ("apparently" because I stopped watching before it got to the tears--it was just too awkward to watch this guy get so overwrought). I don't know if it's supposed to be funny. But if I want to see an emo outpouring on the Internet, I can watch Hope is Emo. At least I know that's supposed to be funny.



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Aug. 11th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
The boobies thing pisses me off too, but it's unfortunately more a reflection of the industry which Wizard, as you say, feeds off of.

The most disturbing thing about that article for me was Frank Cho himself devolving into "Boobs" as his stock answer to questions more often than not.
Aug. 11th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh god... *cringes at foundry cover*

Y'know, comics have been around for a really long time, going on 100 years I think. You'd think they'd've gotten over the adolescent period by now.
Aug. 11th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
What's so fascinating about boobs, anyway?

They're awkward, they're really bizarre looking if you think about it, they hurt sometimes, they jiggle, they have basically no real purpose in this modern age, and they need to be strapped down, because apparently if set free they wreak havoc.
Aug. 11th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Well, some women apparently still use them to breast feed. Unfortunately, for those of us who aren't into child-bearing, let alone nipple-milk-child-feeding, they have no real use. I personally enjoy my boobs, but they can get irritating once in a while. ^_^
Aug. 11th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
Whats so fascinating about boobs? At the risk of sounding like a chauvanist pig I have to ask...Whats not fascinating about boobs? Seriously....they are pretty awesome.

I think it might be that us guys dont really have them (baring the fat "man-boobs" of course. Or maybe...just maybe...Its human nature. Its one of those things that attracts us to women...You know to help the species propagate.

Also...I only have "boobies boobies booooooooobies" going through my mind at conventions when some girl walks by me in the Princess Leia slave girl outfit.
Aug. 11th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Haha, well that does make sense. Don't get me wrong, being a woman I'm not saying I've never found them not fascinating. Boobs = Tons of fun. Yay for jiggly woman-chest-fat!
Aug. 11th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
Hmm... I'm a girl and I've been known to have "BOOBIES BOOOBIES BOOOOOOOOBIES" in a continuous loop in my head.
Aug. 11th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hypocrisy, thy name is Leong.

For the record, I'd like to write a comic titled "Verbal Jujitsu."

Aug. 12th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
comic foundry
His observations about Wizard are up there with discovering that there was a lot of racism in the south when we owned slaves, or when the civil rights workers were murdered in the 60's for helping blacks register to vote. Maybe Willem Dafoe should make a movie to raise awareness of the industries historic objectification of women? Was he actually crying at the end?
Aug. 12th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
You're vicious. It is a character trait I respect in editors. How does it feel to be denied by Juniper the Gooseman in real life? I hope there is a lot of evil diaphragmatic laughter, accompanied by tears, sobbing and wee violins.
Aug. 12th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
My rejection letters, when I write personal ones, are actually very nice and helpful--at least that's what people who get them tell me. But I only write personal rejections to people whose work strikes me as being on its way. The really bad stuff gets a form rejection from Eleanor.
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