Strawberry Shortcake trade paperbacks entitled “The Pineapple Predicament and Other Stories” have arrived in our mail! The trades include all of my 16 page stories from Issues #1-4. My stories include:
The Pineapple Predicament
The Sour Truth
The Berry Scary Storm
The Prickly Performance
The Legend of Saltwater Pete
Some nice comments filtered around the internet but sadly, none of these books were ever reviewed. It would have been nice, but after so many press releases were picked up about it starting and its move to a digital app, I have to assume it’s the subject matter. To be honest, my first issue was green. I recommend issue #4 highly though, especially if you were a fan of 1980s Strawberry Shortcake. Also if you’re a fan of the fantastically talented Amy Mebberson. As far as I’ve been told we’re working together again for the next project.
The rising discontent with the treatment of female comic book readers and creators by the comics mainstream bubbled over on social networks this week after two new releases: the results of DC’s Neilsen Survey on their New 52 reboot and the premiere of Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men. DC’s survey was made of customers purchasing New 52 titles in stores during the crucial first few weeks of the release of their #1 issues; some important results to note:
93% of the participants were male
Consumers aged 13-18 were only 2%
Female readership was down to 7% from 8% 20 years ago
Disappointed comments abounded on the Tumblr blog DC Women Kicking Ass, run by Sue from the 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast. Comments like this one from pluckyredhead: “The really sad thing? They’re going to take this as ‘proof’ that ‘women and kids don’t read comics’ and continue to ignore them as viable demographics.” Sue frequently posts on this topic, as she did last June when she said:
They (DC) are out on their DCnU roadshow and are saying that “new readers” they are targeting are males 18-34. The same readers they have been trying to sell to for the last decade with diminishing success…
Despite the fact that DC doesn’t lift a finger to market to females;
Despite the fact that DC publishes artwork of female characters that regularly crosses the line from cheesecake to embarrassing;
Despite the fact that female characters are often treated like crap in comparison to male characters AND that being treated like crap is still better than some of the other things that have been done to them;
One of John Wayne’s well-loved classics, Back to Bataan follows the struggle of the Filipino resistance after the island’s takeover by the Japanese. John Wayne is Colonel Joseph Madden, who recruits a small band of Filipino’s to rescue the grandson of a legendary freedom fighter from a Japanese death march so the rebel movement has someone to rally behind.
There’s no question the Japanese massacred the living crap out of the Philippines, but Back to Bataan makes the curious choice of featuring execution by hanging as the method of choice. In reality, the primary method was machine gun fire and bayonet, although a short sequence in which exhausted war prisoners are bloodlessly bayoneted as they fall to the wayside has the ring of truth behind it. We once again see Anthony Quinn in an Allied uniform as reluctant grandson-of-a-hero Captain Andrés Bonifácio, but the heartstrings are primarily wrapped around little Ducky Louie and his teacher, familiar character actress Beulah Bondi. “Battleaxe Bertha” joins the resistance after her schoolhouse is unluckily chosen as the premiere place to be made an example of by the Japanese, and is so formidable, she might be the one person left standing after an aerial raid. Genuine emotional pain surrounding civilian murder is somewhat marred by the swelling, teary-eyed score, and at least one character death reminded me of Harry Potter weeping over Dobby’s lifeless body. Can anything kill John Wayne?