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Quote of the Day | “I got a call, ‘We need women in comics'”

Ann Nocenti, from Marvel's 1984 Assistant Editor's Month

Ann Nocenti, from Marvel’s 1984 Assistant Editor’s Month

“… I got back into comics because of stereotypes. I think there was some big controversy in some convention — I wasn’t in the industry because I was off doing other things — about how there were no women in comics, and then I got a call, ‘We need women in comics.’ So if I got back into the industry because I’m a token female, I say great! I’m all in! [...] They put me on Green Arrow, and I have to admit, I just didn’t get Green Arrow. I struggled with him. He was a rich playboy in an armored suit who was young. I liked the old Green Arrow, the wise guy who was stealthy and a social crusader — Denny O’Neil’s Green Arrow. This was a different Green Arrow and I didn’t connect with him. Now, doing Katana and Catwoman, I have no idea if there was a meeting where someone said, ‘Let’s give the girl writer the girl books,’ but I instantly related to those characters! It’s fun to write girls.”

– veteran writer and editor Ann Nocenti, discussing her recent return to comics in a fascinating conversation with Louise Simonson at Comic Book Resources that touches up their careers at Marvel, creations like Longshot and Power Pack, attitudes toward female creators in the ’80s, and much more

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Obviously GA wasn’t the best fit for her, but I remember her gushing about re-defining the character and being excited. Her work on DD is widely acclaimed, and in some ways there are some parallels, so I thought this might be a good fit.

I haven’t picked up Katana yet but plan to.

Katana was okay for issue one, I felt her Catwoman was focusing on the wrong aspects though.
I like Nocenti’s work a lot, but I think she isn’t working to her strengths because of corporate needs.
As someone who knows her style, I can see it hampered by editorial directives.

“I think there was some big controversy in some convention — I wasn’t in the industry because I was off doing other things — about how there were no women in comics, and then I got a call, ‘We need women in comics.’ ”

NuDC corporate mindthink at it’s finest.

Get hounded by Kyrax at an SDCC panel— make a glib ‘joke’ to her questions as a response— then after realising that that just might not have been the best Editorial stance to make, industry p.r.-wise—. ‘Quick, get me a Comics woman, ANY woman, and give her a title to write, ANY title’? (I’m assuming Louise Simonson said no.)

Just ANOTHER classic entry in the DiDio/Harras/Johns/Lee “New 52″ regime,

/mainstream comics follies

Erech Overaker

March 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Her DD run had some of my fave issues ever. I don’t think she has anything to feel ashamed about, nobody seems to be connecting with this version of GA.

“touches up their careers at Marvel” has two connotations I can think of, neither particularly flattering. I think “touches on” is how you meant to word it.

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