Fun at the Signing Table – Spring Gardening

The joys of gardening, when spring is late!

The joy of gardening, when spring comes so late!

This comic was “drawn in the dark“.

Imagined, scenarised, pencilled and inked on my Intuos wacom tablet between 8 am and 14h30 today. English translation thirty minutes later.

(No) Fun at the Signing Table – Erasure

Erasure

You’re competent, cool and brave, but if you’re a female Avenger, you get erased by Disney.

I saw  Age of Ultron, the last Avenger movie, and applauded at the cool action scenes avec amusement, with Black Widow (played by Scarlet Johansson). It was a treat to see her jump from the Quinjet and retrieve the shield «forgotten » by Captain America, with cool effects.

Then, I learned about the lack of merchandising (the big revenue for movie) Hasbro not only erased Black Widow from her own scene, it put Captain America in it. (My favorite Comic Shop does exist and sells action figures and cards, plus holds various artist’s meetings, but the scene is fictional. )

The erasure of Black Widow from her own scene in a toy merch had made the news. You may say it’s just toys, but… think of the message it sends, to girls. The action figures and toys are decided upon by commercials following a target group optimization practice.

A tweet (in fact, three that I put together) resumes the problem (hashtag=#wheresNatasha )

“What really burns me re: erasing female superheroes, whether Gamora or Widow or Scarlet Witch, etc:
1) it tells girls they’re not worthy  and
2) it tells boys that girls are to be ignored & erased. Because seriously, like there aren’t little boys out there who love Black Widow?”

One Marvel exec actually said: “That’s not why Disney bought us. They already have the girls’ market on lockdown.” With Brave and Frozen princesses, there’s no incentive to make more Marvel merch for women. I’m happy that the Diney  princesses have come a long way from the simpering-whimpering-sort, but give girls a choice, too!

To quote Amadi (@amaditalks): This is @Marvel and @Hasbro telling every woman and little girl — 52% of Marvel’s audience — that they aren’t significant or good enough.”

Cheers to hardy princesses and fun superheroines – and heroes!

Fun at the Signing Table – Our Media Diet

Our Media Diet: what do you eat?

We watch closely our food… but what about our average media intake?

Fun at the Signing Table – Snobbery!

Fun at the Signing Table - Snobbery

Fun at the Signing Table – Evolution !

Evolution of the Signing Table  - Story and art by Michele Laframboise

Fun at the Signing Table – Territorial Dispute

Territorial DisputeAt any event, signing tables are at a premium… It’s the only time we can meet face to face and, may be, win over new readers. Ugly fights might erupt, especially with schedule errors getting more common! Fortunately, the friendly  stand manager is present!

PS: and, yes, I changed the title in English for this series.

Splendours and Miseries of the Signing Table – The Busy Fans

The Busy Fans  - Texts and art by Michèle Laframboise  -  There are lots of way of telling others that  you're busy

The Busy Fans  – Texts and art by Michèle Laframboise  –  There are many ways of telling others that  you’re busy…