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Thursday's Various Links

  • The Oni Talent Search has been mentioned earlier, but I can't remember if we've linked to this interview about it with Oni Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones.
  • The Women Webcomicker Grant Nan has also been mentioned before, but now it has stirred up a bit of a ruckus. The Comic Book Resorces forum seems to be the center of it. I must admit that I didn't think this grant would cause any controversy, but then again by internet standards this may not even qualify for that.
  • Flight volume 3 has barely hit the stores and planning is already underway for volume 4. Newsarama has a first look and it appears that the Pants Press Crew is making a comeback in this volume.

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mimo's picture

Who told these people that life is fair?

Lea can give her money to whomever she likes.

GiantPanda wrote: The Women

[quote=GiantPanda] The Women Webcomicker Grant Nan has also been mentioned before, but now it has stirred up a bit of a ruckus. [...] I must admit that I didn't think this grant would cause any controversy ... [/quote]

You didn't? I'm amazed there hasn't been more of a backlash. It's so openly and blatantly sexist. Discrimination is still discrimination no matter how many times you write "positive" in front of it.

If the grant gave the winner a shot with a mainstream print publisher, maybe there would just about be a case for arguing that it was doing something to address the current imbalance in that area. But an award that hosts a webcomic? Why should that be limited to female creators?

The web is already a very democratic medium and I can see no prejudice or discrimination against women wanting to create webcomics and no barriers to their being able to find a hosting service over and above those that affect all creators.

If it's doing anything, this grant is actually creating discrimination in a field where none previously existed.

Broken Voice Comics
Because comics are not just for kids

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Because comics are not just for kids

A little overheated

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Leah is perfectly within her rights to give a grant to whomever she wants. It's not discriminatory - how is it preventing even one guy from getting into comics?

If I wanted to endow the Swiss-American grant for aspiring webcomickers I certainly could. It's my money. Unless you're literally a communist I don't see how you can complain about what is basically the equivalent of private charity for a favorite cause.

Discrimination is when Leah runs Marvel and says no one with testicles gets to make comics anymore. Then I listen to this kind of bitching...

And geez some of those CBR commenters are mouth-breathing wankers.

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Xaviar XerexesÂ

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

There's no "h" in Lea!

Joey Manley's picture

There's no "h" in Lea!

 The "H" is for hero!

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

 The "H" is for hero! :)

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Xaviar Xerexes

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Gnaw.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

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"mouth-breathing"?

I have no idea what that means but I must make a note to use it some time!Laughing

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Because comics are not just for kids

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You make a compelling

Erik Melander's picture

You make a compelling argument, but I would like to argue that the division into print comics and webcomics might from many point of views be constructed. After all it is all comics and one is no longer exclusive of the other. Having a succesfull webcomic will certainly help a lot if you wish to move towards print.

But part of the reason I am surprised is that this after all is a pretty limited grant in a field with a low threshold, I just didn't think that many would react to it as compared to say the grant from an organization which aims to help women make civil lawsuits in alledged cases of sexual harassment.

Vir Bonus

True. The amount of debate

True. The amount of debate it's generated over at CBR is wholly disproportionate to the value of the "grant" itself. But you know how web forums work. One person makes a valid argument as a point of principle and suddenly the world and his wife are queueing up to add their two-penn'orth to one side or the other.

What poor Lea Hernandez should have asked herself before launching her (no doubt well-intentioned) initiative is how she would have reacted if someone had made a similar offer available to male applicants only. I rather imagine she'd have been among the first to vent her ire at the CBR forum!

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Because comics are not just for kids

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CBR forums

The William G's picture

I'm not shocked about the ruckus at the CBR forums. These guys make even the most nasty webcomic argument look like witty Shakespearian banter.