TomGeeks: Where the girls are
Woot! I discovered a “collective” of women comic creators called Tomgeeks. Basically, if you are a woman artist or writer and put up the Tomgeeks banner, you can be in it. I use the word collective in quotes because they don’t provide hosting or anything, they just put up a banner that links to your comic. That was my stumbling block. Even though I’ve had the Tomgeeks banner on TixComix for months (see left), I never seemed to have time to make one to submit them. For some reason I hate banners, including making them. Well I finally hacked this one together for them, and submitted the site, and after a while they put me in under comedy. Glancing quickly at the banners I found a few familiar comics and some totally new ones (to me.)
I don’t know how aggressively they check gender. Female-created comics come in all genres, and don’t have common factors as far as I can tell, but there are certain dead giveaways that a comic was NOT created by a woman. If a male can make a comic that doesn’t trip any of those alerts, he can be an honorary woman as far as I care. I know I’m not dropping my pants in order to be verified as a bona fide girl. Especially online, as it might involve sending naked photographs over the wire. And it begs several interesting questions, such as…. Can trans-genders be in it? Former women? Or people who just got surgipharmaceutically promoted to being women? We should probably not think about these and other imponderables too much.