Follow up: Colleen Doran on her panel-mate:

PS: I’m sorry, I can’t help myself…”constantly blowing us away with the most outrageous and provocative titles?”

Yes, I used to do Power Pack and Louise [Simonson] created it.

Utterly over the top. Left ‘em panting in the ailes.

Good lord, this panel is like some kind of sociological experiment.

Bring rubber gloves, and a clipboard.

MR imaging scans will be conducted before and after the panel to observe changes in test subjects, but my hypothesis is the major anomaly will be in the male subject’s primary visual cortex.

Dark Horse editor Rachel Edidin also has some tart comments:

Want to know how the ladies creating comics do it? THEY WORK THEIR ASSES OFF—just like the guys. The biggest difference is that we have to deal with this shit.


Doran now reports a potential scheduling conflict:

In other news, I am scheduled to be on a panel at 6 PM that day, then this panel, then an event at the Empire State Building at 8 PM. So, something’s got to give, and it looks like this panel may be the sacrifice to the Gods of decorum.

AND Craig Yoe writes to tell us there IS a Men in Comics panel:

I’d like to announce the “Men in Comics” panel at the New York Comicon…

*Al “Mad Fold In” Jaffee
*Glenn “Hotwire Comix'” Head
*David “Entertainment Weekly caricaturist” Cowles
*Danny Hellman , cartoonist and editor of the upcoming anthology “TYPHON”
*Craig “Arf book series” Yoe

We will discuss what it’s like being a man involved in the cartoon and comix world of incredible female funnies giants like Marge, Hope Larson, Rose O’neil, Francoius Mouly, Wendy Pini, Grace Drayton, Marjane Satrapi, Françoise Mouly, Heidi MacDonald, Collen Coover, etc. And we will be discussing the new “Arf” book, “Comic Arf”, debuting at the con and unknown genius old-skool cartoonists, Milt Gross, Horror comics, New Yorker cartoons, Fine Art vs Comics, Fold Ins and, knowing men: Fold Outs! It’s on Sunday April 20 at 3pm in room 1E03. There is a signing of the debuting book, “Comic Arf”, at the Fantagraphics booth Saturday April 19 from 11am-1 pm, and Sunday, April 20 from 1pm-2:45pm.


  1. am i gonna spontaneously combust for being on this panel?

    i said ‘yes’ to it ’cause i really like weezie & colleen (i never met jenna j., but she seems nice)…

    …and the programmer got us a hotel room! woo!

    i am such a whore.

    although, if i had a buck every time i did a ‘women in comics’ panel, i’d be a really high priced whore!

    what really has me aghast is that it’s a panel about doing outrageous & provocative comics and ‘the Pro’ isn’t listed! what’s with that?!?

  2. I think all you ladies are very smart and talented, each in your own way. And I have been coming down on Jenna Jameson, but mostly because she’s such a noob compared to the others on the panel. In the end, it’s the moderator of this panel who is going to have ALL THE FUN.

  3. Colleen, I don’t think you’re going to spontaneously combust for being on the panel. And if you did, I’d cry!
    I think there IS a place–an important one–for women in comics panels. My objection to this one isn’t to the creators involved–you, Louise, and Colleen are effectively the short list of “creators whose names throw Rachel into slack-jawed awe,” and, like Heidi, I’d love to hear Jenna’s thoughts on coming into comics from another industry–but with the fact that it’s being marketed as half pornography, half zoo exhibit.

  4. I wonder if Jenna has ever heard of THE PRO. It would be hilarious if somehow she had already read it before coming to the panel.

    Maybe she will bring the giant-headed Tito Ortiz to the con.

  5. The inclusion of Jenna Jameson aside, I find the segregation of female creators into the obligatory “women in comics” panels held at nearly every major convention to be redundant at the very least, and disrespectful of their efforts at the worst.
    Creators are creators, period, no matter their gender,race, sexual orientation, or whatever marginalization in evidence at panels such as this.
    What next? Left-handed creators within comics? The mid-western perspective of comic book creators? Auburn-haired artists and their place in comics today?

  6. I certainly wouldn’t mind hearing about the left-handed artist’s perspective. Do they draw panels left to right or right to left? How big of a problem is smudging if they go left to right? Do they think it would be easier to draw Manga due to how it’s read as opposed to American comics?

    No, I’m not taking the piss….

    It’s not about segregation. It’s about promoting a unique perspective. Disrespectful would be not letting them have a panel at all.