News & Things: Things (Not News) Thursday

XX-Men: The Failures of Brian Wood’s All-Woman X-Men

Osvalda Oyola writes,

There is no effort in this “new” series to establish the characters, but even worse there is no effort to establish or explain why this particular iteration of X-Men…X-Women…exists. It seems like these characters just happen to be the ones who are around when Jubilee calls to say she needs help. If anything, the fact that Jubilee’s problem includes a baby she has recently adopted and is responsible for, suggests that her entre into maternity is what makes this a case for the women of the X-team.


Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment

Andy Khouri has some words for his fellow geek guys.

This isn’t their problem, guys. It’s ours. We have to solve it.

Sexual harassment isn’t an occupational hazard. It’s not a glitch in the complex matrix of modern life. It’s not something that just “happens.” It’s something men do. It’s a choice men make. It’s a problem men enable. It’s sometimes a crime men commit. And it is not in the power nor the responsibility of women to wage war on this crime.

It’s on us.


Anatomy of a Bad Reaction

And so does Brett White.

Comic books are changing, and there’s no magic amount of Twitter indignation that can put things back the way they were. Women write comics. Women draw comics. Women color comics. Women letter comics. Women edit comics. Women write about comics. Women go to conventions. Women go to comic book movies. Women buy comics. A disgusting vocal section of the male population seems incredibly annoyed by this, but it’s not going to change and — spoiler alert — it’s only going to make things better. No matter how many threats these “nice guys” make, female-focused comic book communities are going to thrive on Tumblr and women are going to keep making comics because they love this medium and the super hero genre as much as everyone else does.

Megan Purdy

Megan Purdy

Publisher of all this. Megan was born in Toronto. She's still there. Philosopher, space vampire, heart of a killer.