The bones of her children grind beneath my feet and every generation is the same. Her daughters wail from cradle to grave. The wars of her sons light my way. God in heaven, I ask you… am I not blessed? Did she see the comets fall? Or the mountains rise? Or the landmass break apart? Did she see the world in winter or the oceans rise? Or the atom split in two? God in heaven, I ask you… AM I NOT BLESSED?
Following the success of the Avengers film, and with Iron Man 3 set to hit theaters next month, the characters who make up Marvels Avengers team are more recognizable than ever. Naturally, the publisher is taking advantage of that fact via merchandise, including the two t-shirts pictured above.
Of course, aside from the cut of the shirts, the second you look at them you instantly know which is meant for boys and which is for girls, and therein lies quite a problem.
These are Marvel’s characters, the foundation of their company. As such, these products represent them, not the manufacturers. When people see this, and are (rightfully) bothered by it, they aren’t going to care what middle man made the shirts. They’re going to instantly direct their ire toward Marvel, as it it will look to them as if Marvel is telling boys they can be heroes, and telling girls that, if they’re lucky, a hero will come save them.
I tried to buy my friend a t-shirt from the Disney/Marvel stores the other day. These are my choices: “I <3 Guys Who Save the World”, “I Love a Man in Uniform”, “I Only Kiss Heroes”, “Not Just a Pretty Face”, and all the others that didn’t say anything were in little child-like cutesy figures.
I wouldn’t object to these IF they were just SOME of the options for women. They are not. They are the ONLY option for women.
That is what happens when you select “Adults” and “Women.” For clothes, the only options are: Men, Women, Boys. There are NO options under “Kids” for Girls. THE DISNEY STORE HAS NO MARVEL OPTIONS FOR GIRLS.
I wish my friend were into DC stuff, but she’s a big Iron Man fan. Although DC isn’t perfect in this regard. I’ve still got these and these to choose from. Definitely a bunch of “My Boyfriend Wears a Cape” stuff in there too but also a good number of other comic book shirts to choose from.
Right about now in Seattle, we’re announcing Joe Harris, Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire as the creative team on our new X-Files series. And equally as exciting as those creators working on this is the fact that Chris Carter is fully onboard as our Executive Producer.
What does that mean for comics? Well, I met with Carter and Gabe Rotter from Ten Thirteen a week or so back and we talked about the initial comic plans for “Season 10,” which is where our comic series will launch. Chris had some thoughts and suggestions as to where the series should go. So we talked about him getting involved in a direct role on the series as it moves forward. He agreed, and is now along for the ride as well. Which only feels right doing Season 10 like we are. It’s great news for us, and is only going to make for an even more exciting comic, as we return the X-Files to its former glory.
Oh—the image above is by “The Reverend” Dave Johnson, with colors by Bellaire.
Yes, I am drawing the new X-Files comic from IDW ! It’s going to be so awesome.