Women read comics. Any questions?

Brace yourselves. Blake
Petit
, columns editor of ComiXtreme.com, published a startling finding about women and comic books.

"I want to talk about
what women would want out of comics now. And here’s the thing I think
will surprise people … women want exactly the same thing as men: engaging
characters, intelligent stories and great art."

All together now: Duh.

Comments like that used to
irritate me. Now they just make me tired. I mean, next we’ll read that
women like food that tastes good and cars that get good gas mileage.
And breathe oxygen.

Granted, many, if not most,
comic books are written for men, probably because drawing babes with
boobs is a whole lot simpler than developing a compelling story. (Not
that I’m against babes with boobs.) But AfterEllen.com makes a point of letting you know when we find good
comics that we think you’ll like. Whenever I have a chance to spend
more time in my comic store than it takes to pick up my subscriptions,
I find new titles that appeal to me. And more are on the way.

I’m eagerly looking forward
to Echo, by Strangers in Paradise
creator Terry Moore.

Moore is keeping mum about
the specifics of Echo, but he posted a five-page preview on his blog that already has me hooked.
And I have my fingers crossed for a lesbian character to pop up eventually.
Moore is also taking over writing duties for Runaways
and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. The Moore, the merrier.

Manga is normally not my thing,
but Sorcerers
and Secretaries
,
by Amy Kim Ganter, is a clever, two-issue book series about Nicole,
who writes fantasy stories inspired by her dreams. As the story progresses,
her fantasy world seems to be coming to life. Sorcerers

is a teen title, but hey, I never claimed to be mature.

I just made my first venture
into Yuri lesbian-themed manga and anime, with
Yuri Monogatari
, Book 5, from Erica Friedman‘s ALC Publishing.
I liked some stories more than others and, although I doubt I’m going
to become a Yuri fanatic, this was a good overview of the genre.

My favorite recent discovery
is The
Foundation
,
written by John Rozum. The premise is that a secret organization has access to unpublished prophecies of Nostradamus and
uses this knowledge of the future to protect the world. It’s very
X-Files
— and I’m hoping for a Scully to emerge soon.

The Guardian recently did a story on several trends in the comic industry
that indicate TPTB have noticed that women read comics. I’m especially
interested in checking out some of the titles in DC’s new Minx imprint, which targets teenage girls.
And I always make a point of checking out titles recommended by Girl Wonder, Friends of Lulu and Sequential Tart.

Maybe it’s big news to Mr.
Petit, but I think women and comics go together like, well, women and
women. What’s in your comic pile? Have you discovered any new titles
lately? What do you read that we might not have heard of?

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