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07/14/2006 Entry: "Joe Quesada, head of Marvel, is a MORON"

Jesus H. Christ in a Lamborghini, does Joe Quesada live under a glass dome or something?

Hit [Link] for an excerpt the worst of it or get the whole damn thing, but here's what just made my womanly hands clench into fists:

"But, let me also add, that just because there is a lack of female writers doesn’t mean that we’re going to hand out a charity gig to a female just because of her gender. That to me defeats the purpose. As a father of an only female child I would want all doors open within whatever field my daughter decides to one day choose. But I would also want her to walk through those doors on her own merits, not on the charity of others or to fill some quota, and I suspect that when she’s old enough to understand that, she’ll feel the same."

You have got to be kidding me; daddy is saying how baby will feel in 20 years. Lawd, give me the strength to say clearly and type this accurately:

Joe, any success your daughter has in the future will be due to women like me and the women I call sisters having knocked some sense into or crushed under our wheels paleo-male-elitiest, dare I even say, chauvinist pigs like you. Get it? Good.

Asshole.

Edit 071606: And it's not just me.

What Quesada’s Foot-In-Mouth Syndrome Says About Comics

Quesada Steps in It Again

Perhaps one...

NRAMA: Okay, Joe, revisiting some stuff* we wanted to talk about last week - some of our readers noticed your somewhat abrupt response to our question about women writers at Marvel, and to be fair that might have been due to our phrasing of the question. It’s perfectly reasonable that no women writers were present at the summit a couple of week’s back because no women writers are currently writing any Marvel series (minus Tamora Price’s upcoming White Tiger series). So perhaps the better question is, why don’t you think there are many/any women writers at Marvel, or in comics in general?

JQ: Yeah, I saw that somewhere on the ‘net there had seemed to be some sort of controversy about this. It was a simple question and I answered it very matter of fact, but I guess some folks need elaborating.

Up to today, the creators who have been involved with the summits have been writers who are working on titles that play some sort of significant role in our future plans. They’re also writers that work well in a creative room. Currently the only female writers working at Marvel that I can think of off the top of my head, are Robin Furst (Dark Tower), Tamora Pierce (White Tiger), and Tania Del Rio (Arana Special). Robin isn’t attached to anything within the Marvel Universe and Tamora and Tania are just getting started here at Marvel. Perhaps in the future one of these women or perhaps someone new will be at the summit, but for now, the current crop of female writers are still very junior to the world of Marvel.

NRAMA: Again, generally speaking, is it the subject material simply doesn’t attract many women wanting to write comics? Or is the industry still not hospitable to prospective women writers?

JQ: To think that the industry, Marvel, DC, or any publisher isn’t hospitable to female creators is ridiculous. The beauty of comics is that in a sense we creators are faceless. What I mean by this is that if this was the acting business or rock and roll, your appearance, gender, and ethnicity would have a lot to do with the kind of work and roles you get. Not so in comics, all that dictates the type of work you get is your talent. It doesn’t matter to us whether the person pitching a story is male, female, black, white, from some other country, or outer space, all we want is the most talented people on the planet.

What I can tell you is that is that when I look at the pitches and art samples that we get, 99.9% of those pitches and samples come from males. I can’t control that, that’s just the law of averages, that’s who wants to submit.

But, let me also add, that just because there is a lack of female writers doesn’t mean that we’re going to hand out a charity gig to a female just because of her gender. That to me defeats the purpose. As a father of an only female child I would want all doors open within whatever field my daughter decides to one day choose. But I would also want her to walk through those doors on her own merits, not on the charity of others or to fill some quota, and I suspect that when she’s old enough to understand that, she’ll feel the same.

And in case anyone is wondering about the women of Marvel, here’s a list of some of the creators who work for us. Laura Martin, Christina Strain, Laurie Kronnenber, Gina Going, Debora Carita, Michelle Madsen, and June Chung all currently color for us. Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, Frederica Manfreddi, Jo Chen, Claire Wednling, and Gurihiru also work for us as cover and or interior artists. Tania Del Rio writes and draws, and as I mentioned Robin Furst and Tamora Pierce will be writing for us.

*~Earlier:~

NRAMA: Noticeably absent (and for some time) is a female creator in that group. Big picture wise, why hasn't a women creator made it into the tight circle of Marvel creators?

JQ: Because currently there aren’t any female writers working on any of our major titles. That said there are female editors at the summit.

Yeah, dad, there aren't any women with that job because there aren't any women with that job. Y'know, as far as I can tell, it wasn't a trick question. Sigh.

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Is Quesada the Earth-Prime Steve Rogers? Frozen in 1945 and only thawed out yesterday? Has he no capacity whatsoever for reflection, to to question his own assumptions? He says, "99.9% of those pitches and samples come from males. I can’t control that, that’s just the law of averages, that’s who wants to submit." Yet he never thinks to ask himself why males so overwhelmingly submit, or if it might in fact have anything to do with his action or inaction. Could the environments at the publiishers, or the content of the work they publish actively discourage women from making pitches? Joe clearly doesn't want to know; he doesn't even recognize the possibility. He's got all the answer he needs; things are the way they are because that's how things are.

For many years Quesada's Marvel has transmitted a self-satisfied fratboy vibe (Marvel is truly a comics publisher for the Bush era.) That sends a definite signal for women to stay away. In Joe's world, I assume, that's not a bug, it's a feature.

And really, what a servile toad the Newsarama interviewer is.

Posted by Cole Moore Odell @ 07/16/2006 12:13 PM PST

 

 

 

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