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July 21, 2012 | 6:00 a.m.

Women in comics and the tricky art of equality

Selina Kyle’s lacy red bra and its ample, curvy contents fill the first panel of “Catwoman” No. 1, published last year when DC Comics relaunched 52 of its most popular titles. By the last page, she’s straddling Batman and spilling out of her leather suit once more. Catwoman wasn’t DC’s only female superhero to make her “New 52” debut in lingerie. In “Red Hood and the Outlaws” No. 1, extraterrestrial princess Starfire strikes a Playboy-like pose, bursting out of her purple bikini as she propositions Red Hood. And Voodoo, a shape-shifting half-alien hybrid, spends half of her first issue stripping. Comics blogs buzzed with debate, and critics cried sexism, pointing to the company’s predominantly male creative staff. DC’s rival Marvel Comics often faces similar criticism — the superhero comics genre historically has been a boys’ club. But a broader look […]
Dec. 06, 2011 | 2:12 p.m.

‘Billy Dogma’: Dean Haspiel looks for a ‘Sin City’ of his own

Dogma is AmGod spelled backward. That’s the kind of thing you pick up while reading the work of Dean Haspiel, the New York artist who finds himself at an interesting career crossroads with today’s release of “The Last Romantic Antihero.” Haspiel became one of our personal favorites after memorably putting his art with the words of Jonathan Ames (on “The Alcoholic”) and the late, great Harvey Pekar (on “The Quitter” as well as some installments of “American Splendor”), but with this new digital comic he goes back to his most persistent creation, the brawny Billy Dogma. “I think he represents my thugishness as a lover and a partner,” Haspiel said last week. “He’s also the one thing I will never sell to any corporation.” Dogma has been roaming the harsh ridgelines of Haspiel’s imagination for a while now  but the writer-artist says he is “hitting […]
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