I’ve been writing a lot recently about ways to increase the ranks of female comic readers. Each post, I’ve given suggestions on what the average person can do. And here’s another opportunity. This Saturday, if you are a woman who reads comics take your love to the street and show it off by participating in this event. But I had a thought, what if we showed off lots of images of women reading comics in public? I have grown so tired of hearing “I don’t care if women read comics” over and over, most recently in response to an article that Kelly Thompson did about Ben Caldwell’s Wonder Woman. Here’s the opportunity to show why people, if not the size of the ranks, the passion. Let’s show them a reason they should care.
To facilitate this I have created a Tumblr “Women Read Comics in Public”. Help me fill it with images of women reading comics from this Saturday’s event. What do to do? Grab a comic, go somewhere public on Saturday, take a picture of you reading it and send it to me. If you’re not a woman send me a picture of your girlfriend, sister, wife, mom, daughter, or co-worker reading. If you want privacy hold the comic in front of your face. You can send me the pictures by using the submit button on the blog, over Twitter or email it to email@example.com. If you think it’s a good idea, let others know! Twitter, blog, reblog and post in forums. And hope for good weather!
My sister is bugging to do this one, but with my current location it might be a bit problematic. (Even moreso with the connection stuff over here--uploading pictures is damned near impossible.) My boss has a camera, though, so we'll see if we can get something tomorrow. If I do, I'll link it here.
Those of you with the easier spots, I encourage you to go about this--if you're shy you can cover half your face with the comic.
In the meantime, I haven't forgotten this blog even though Tumblr reposts and responses are much easier to pull off. I've been getting my comics, and also doing some reviews on Goodreads, but I wanted to say any indepth stuff on Morrison's Batman for the blog. Just takes a bit to write out and load stuff for here. I might have another Quicksilver rant in store for you, though.