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Blerd JOY!!!!: Gail Simone Named @DCComics #BatGirl Writer Again

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On December 10th, I felt like all was lost, when Gail Simone was fired by her editor. There was outrage throughout online fandom sites everywhere. I was making plans to find another comic book to follow to replace Batgirl when today I got an email from Optimistic Chad with some great news, that Gail Simone was re-hired as the writer for Barbara Gordon’s story. There aren’t many details, but according to Simone herself, it isn’t a hoax.

For more, see Bleeding Cool as they update the story: DC Comics Puts Gail Simone Back on Batgirl

Well, this was an early Christmas present. Joy to the World, indeed!

 

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On @DCComics Firing Topselling #BatGirl writer Gail Simone: Gender & Geek culture Again

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I received word of the depressing news last night that Gail Simone had been fired as chief writer for the DC Comics New 52 Batgirl. Batgirl was a part of my stack (when I could afford it) and I plan on just purchasing Simone’s run (two story arcs) when they are published as graphic novels; the first is already available: Batgirl New 52 Volume 1: The Darkest Reflection.  I don’t know what Simone’s plans are next, but here is her own words on what took place.

And now for my take. This decision does not make any sense to me in the least. I took the news hard, and was deeply saddened that the one comic book series I was interested in was losing its writer. According to The Comics Chronicle, Batgirl was ranked 17th overall in terms of individual titles, above Iron Man, Dead Pool, Catwoman, Walking Dead, and Nightwing: see the rest of the numbers here Comic Chron November 2012. This was not a money decision by any stretch. This choice was based on power, and dare I say it as an individual speculating, male power. The tale of Barbara Gordon [in Simone’s rendering] (which I plan to blog on in the far future, perhaps sometime next year) was the story of a superhero overcoming Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Perhaps the idea that a hero could have vulnerabilities and have her suffering from the past actually live in her memory was a bit too much for the heads at DC. DC Comics is not looking too good right now, just last week with Karen Berger of Vertigo Comics leaving DC Entertainment (Vertigo is DC comics more oriented towards a mature audience).

It seems to me that in the world of science fiction and fantasy, that although we have writers and artists that invite us to stretch our imagination and challenge what we believe is possible, for some strange reason, our imaginations seem to be determined by and therefore limited by, our gender and racial biases. I know I have written this time and again, but it needs to keep being restated, people do not share the same idea of what is “realistic”/realism versus fantasy, because there is no universal human experience. Yes, we are all human, that is universally true, but what it means to be human, that is up for debate, and falls into the realm of religion, philosophy, and politics. Right now, given the trend downward, DC Comics’ vision of what humanity looks like is exclusive of strong women resisting objectification.

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Men Won't Read Comic Books Meant For Women?

“I believe in the power of myth.”-Tom Zarek, BattleStar Galactica

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How do you judge the non-scholarly or religious books that you read? Are you more likely to purchase a book if it is marketed to your race or gender? For a while now, I have faced a dilemma: what should my comic book pile look like? Should the pages have people who look like me, a black male? Isn’t that how theology and biblical studies should be? Reading books by people who look, act, and believe like me? Whatever I consume and read, I shouldn’t have to be confronted with difference, no?

For me, I decided earlier this year I wanted to have a monthly pile if I could afford it, of a few DC Comics. I figure I will be buying the graphic novels of BatMan so, that was out, and Chad is right, I am a Graphic Novel kinda guy.  I tried Justice League, SuperGirl, BatWing, and BatGirl for a month until I decided on just BatWing and BatGirl. BatWing, as I ranted about last month became a disappointment. A member of the BatFamily who looked like me, but he had no personality, and is on his way to Justice League International (cough cough, gonna get benched). So, I am just strictly going with BatGirl, written by Gail Simone, who is an excellent writer.  What separates BatGirl from other heroes/heroines is that she is the survivor of a traumatic event, and that part of her backstory plays some part in the current comic series.  The importance of memory and knowing yourself is very much a part of the BatGirl’s narrative.

I coulda went with the Red Lanterns, Green Lantern Corps, even Ultimate Spiderman (a marvel token black), but I chose quality over content. I even own a BatGirl t-shirt. When I wear it to work, people love it, and it’s good, but I didn’t buy it for them, I bought it for me.

I did pick up graphic novels of Black Lightning:Year One of  DC Comics, and I hope that he is brought back as promised by Dan DiDio. If BL ever returns, I hope they change his name (Black heroes have to have Black in their names?), but I would go with both BL and BG definitely.

Those are my thoughts. Here are some Russ Burlingame, a guest post from DC Women Kicking A%*: Male Comic Readers and Female-led Superhero Comics

So, what are the deciding factors when you choose what fiction books to read?

Barbara Gordon as she appears in Batman: The A...

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