First, go read this comic: http://somethingpositive.net/sp12272007.shtml
Ok, does that not just fill your heart with glee? Is this not the sort of superhero wife/girlfriend response to villains your black little hearts have been longing for? I laughed out loud when I read it. Finally, someone who understands that yes, women CAN defend themselves.
I’ve been reading Something Positive for years, and I adore it. Plus, Mr. Milholland actually showed up at a nightclub in Seattle where I was working (I wasn’t there that night) and immortalized one of our DJs and bouncers in his comic, which further endeared him to me. I like the sharp, snarky, take no prisoners attitude of PeeGee and Aubrey. I like the smutty jokes, the gamer cracks, the theater jokes. I just like it, largely because it reminds me of me and my friends, a bunch of bitter, jaded thirty-somethings with tattoos, piercings, funny hair and bad attitudes.
But, back to the comic. There’s no cowering, no whimpering in fear and no nudity. She’s wearing a bath robe and cracks him in the head with a coffee cup. I LOVE THAT!!!! She makes him pay for daring to try to hurt her. This makes me happy. I also like the superhero at the end trying to reassure the hospitalized villian that “she really is a sweetheart.”
Seriously, I think we should start an email campaign and flood the mailboxes at DC and Marvel with this comic. Perhaps with the subject line, “See! It can be done!!” Because, you know it’s bad enough when the girlfriends and wives are simpering victims. But when they extend that victimhood to actual fucking superheros (cough, Tygra, cough), it has just gone too god damned far, well past the level of absurdity.
And I mean, Randy’s a guy. He’s supposed to be, like, OMG, all about TEH BEWBIES!! And guys won’t read comics if women aren’t victims and there aren’t boobs everywhere, and guys are just like that and we need to get over it and be good little girls and stick to manga and Strangers in Paradise where we belong.
Yeah, Randy’s a guy and this comic demonstrates pretty handily how sick of that shit he is, too. Funny, but just about every male comic fan I know is really sick of that crap, and this comic demonstrates that it just isn’t my tiny corner of the universe.
ETA: Why yes, I have already mailed it to Marvel, and I’m currently looking for a good address for DC. I am serious. I think we should pester them with this.
Marvel’s Feedback Page: http://www.marvel.com/company/index.htm?sub=feedback_current.php
The most appropriate email anyone’s been able to come up with so far is DC’s Publicity Dept.:
ETA: The Something Positive Livejournal: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/someposifeed/342068.html
A lot of the folks who are rooting for this strip are guys. Seriously.