Hey, That’s My Cape!: Her-Oes

Women read comics. I’m living, breathing proof. Not all female comic readers are like me, though. I’m knee-deep in continuity driven, rough-and-tumble, superhero comics on a daily basis. 

Some women like stories specifically about women, maybe they have special powers, maybe they’re just like you or me. Some ladies prefer unique, original stories. One thing is for sure, there’s no instruction manual for comic book publishers to look to when they want to reach out to female readers. That doesn’t mean they’re going to stop trying. 

This week, Marvel announced Marvel Her-Oes. Excuse me for a moment while I gag.

Read the rest of this week’s Hey, That’s My Cape! over at Heartless Doll where I discuss whether or not Marvel Her-Oes is a good thing and how the Birds of Prey are grown-ups.

9 Responses to “Hey, That’s My Cape!: Her-Oes”

  1. If I kinda dig this is there something wrong with me?

  2. I think the title is poor but am totally with TS Hendrik about the cereal!
    I feel like they are making it all far too cheesy. It just needs to be good, it doesn't need to be condescending. Tut.

  3. T says:

    I have to say, I agree that a comic doesn't need to be written by a female to reach female artists. Just make the content worthwhile.

    I'm personally a fan of work like Fable, anything to do with the Joker, Grendel, Sandman, the list goes on. I can't recall coming across a female artist that has caught my eye yet, but hey. There's always room to grow. :)

  4. Back in the 80's Ann Nocenti did some writing and editing form Marvel. She had a great run on Daredevil with John Romita, Jr penciling. I enjoyed those articles. Typhoid Mary was the villainess back then and a pretty good one at that! Keep writing…I am enjoying your blog!

  5. Are you kidding? There's lots of female comic writers and artists: Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, G. Willow Wilson, Becky Cloonan, Felicia Henderson, Jane Espenson, Jo Chen, Amanda Conner, Jill Thompson and Grace Randolph (who's doing Her-Oes) just to name a few.

    And I'd have to disagree, comics don't have to be written or drawn by women for women to like them. The stories just have to be good.

  6. LOL…ROFL @ NerdyBird. Loved the blog and I totally agree. GAG! Well maybe the art will be good. The way to appeal to female readers is to hire female writers and artists. Are there any? I once met Devin Grayson and even have some books signed by her. She was the most open and friendly of all comic writers I have met. She was willing to take time to visit. To me that is cool!

  7. RobP says:

    I'd have Her-Oes for breakfast every morning! It's the only way I'd see any "action" on even a semi-regular basis…

  8. TS Hendrik says:

    That would be a good title if women were a breakfast cereal