All in all, I was pretty happy with the books I finally selected, though I’ve had some second thoughts. I’m particularly interested that all of the books I finally chose were titled for male superheroes with women in sidekick roles. Now, I had a lot of legit reasons for that, like the recommended age-range of the titles in question. But I also wonder how much was subconsciously influenced by an internalized bias towards “boy books”. Continue reading
Part One here.
Not far into my quest for superhero easy-readers with women, I looked at my burgeoning longlist and admited that I’d been lying to myself about my criteria. I didn’t want books where the women would be window-dressing while the guys went ahead with all the hero-ing. And I wanted superwomen who did actual stuff within an actual story, rather than standing around flexing their grrrrrrrrl power muscles. Aaaaand in the most randomly subjective consideration, I also didn’t want to completely hate the art. Continue reading
Last Christmas, I had a six-year-old girl on my extended-family shopping list who I don’t know very well. But I did know that she loves superheroes.
Great! I thought. Superhero easy-readers! That’s an easy choice – I know I’ve seen those around. And as one of the representative geeky relatives, I will be supporting her interest in geeky things! (I have never been a superhero geek myself, mind you, but I think the concept of the shared world with shared characters and different continuities and stuff is awesome. In a different continuity, some version of my character is probably a superhero geek.)
But then I had to make it hard for myself by deciding I wanted to give her books with girls in them. Continue reading