Gender Issues in Comic Books are Real and They're Getting Their Own Online College Course
You don't have to take my word for it, here's what Waid himself said in his announcement:
"I'm excited about this not only because I'm participating but because it's a revolutionary way to marry comics and education using technology...Trust me when I say that it's worth enrolling just to watch Bendis and Hickman alone struggle with the question, 'Who, in your opinion, is the most masculine comic book character?' They're not being asked the same cookie-cutter questions you've heard a hundred times before; they're talking about how gender roles inform and influence their work, how they approach gender politics, and more -- and I'm here to tell you that many of their answers surprised me."
If that doesn't do anything for you, here's a video featuring the world's most bombastic man, Stan Lee, to convince you:
"Gender Through Comic Books" begins on April 2, 2013 -- so you know it's not a joke -- and will conclude on May 10, but enrollment is right now. Something tells me that even if you don't give a Splinter's ass about comic bookery, there's probably still something to learn here. See you in class!
(Header image via The Hawkeye Initiative)
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter, tumbls on the Tumblr, and his wares can be purchased here. He's pretty sure he'll fail the course if homework is involved, so it's good he graduated a long, long time ago.