Here's the sales pitch:
Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt—to defend their turf at all costs.
I'm a feminist and stuff, but I don't get riled up by cheesecake art, weak female characters, or Power Girl's costume. I don't think the solution to questionable representations is taking them away, but balancing them and eventually overpowering them with awesome ones (and making sure people support awesome ones with their money). The fact is there is a big market for misogyny and patriarchy, and I don't think anything is solved by attempting to censor or shame it away. That is a losing battle. Creative people want to express these ideas, publishers know how to sell them, and consumers want to buy them. It is almost pointless to fight it head on. In a free society (like ourrrsss?), people have a right to express, sell, and consume bad ideas. Je suis Charlie and all that. I do think, however that it's totally possible to overcome bad ideas with better ideas. Artists are activists by nature, and are well-equipped to fight bad ideas effectively, but I think it is tempting to use that creative energy to complain rather than create! Similarly, fans can do more good by voting with dollars than by simply whining endlessly. That is a real waste. Our REAL power is in creating, selling, buying and consuming good content instead of just complaining about wack shit on the internet. So if you really care about improving the images of women you see and hear in media, go buy something awesome made for, about, and/or by women. Who knows? You might actually move the needle.
So did I mention CURB STOMP #1 hits stores Wednesday, February 25th? Cause it does. You should totally buy it!
Samax Amen draws people, places and things for fun and profit. He is the artist of many great comics you never heard of like Herman Heed, Champion of Children, The Brother and The World As You Know It. He even writes and draws his own comics, like Dare: The Adventures of Darius Davidson, Spontaneous, and Manchild when he gets around to it. Because making comics is hard and stuff, he started GhettoManga as a blog in 2006 and as a print magazine in 2008.
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