Comics A.M. | Should feminists give up on superhero comics?

Comics | Dismayed by the portrayal of Catwoman in DC Comics' relaunched series, Alyssa Rosenberg of ThinkProgress asks whether feminists are wasting their time in hoping and lobbying for better portrayals of women in mainstream superhero comics. While she understands the desire to walk away, the decides in the end "it’s worth it to keep nudging": "... Even if the industry doesn’t change, there should be voices in the background when folks read these books pointing out their problems. The key is getting folks who really just want to see, say, Catwoman bang Batman and nothing else to hear those critiques and to find a way to engage with them constructively, which is really, profoundly difficult. But I’d rather live in a world where people who don’t want to hear the works they like criticized have to work to shut them out, rather than leaving them to relax into the blissful sounds of silence."

At The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky points out that not all comics are like Catwoman or Red Hood and the Outlaws, and recommends some alternatives. Meanwhile, Tom Foss jokingly suggests that the "new" Starfire is merely replacing longtime New Teen Titans creeper Terry Long. [ThinkProgress, The Atlantic]

Publishing | DC Comics continues its mainstream push for the New 52 with a preview of Batgirl #2 on the Entertainment Weekly website. [EW.com]

Creators | Alex Ross is profiled ahead of the Saturday opening of "Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross" at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Creators | Justice League Dark artist Mikel Janin has signed an exclusive agreement with DC Comics. [The Source]

Creators | Gavin Lees pays a visit to the husband-and-wife comics team Metaphrog in their Glagow home to discuss how they come up with their lovely, otherworldly graphic novels. (We posted a trailer from their Night Salad a while back.) [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Letterer and writer Joe Caramagna is profiled by his local newspaper. [NorthJersey.com]

Comics | The University of Calgary student newspaper looks at the decline of print and the growth of webcomics, talking with comics scholar Bart Beaty, creators Danielle Corsetto and Ryan Sohmer, and publishers Daniel Lenfest-Jameson and Calan Lovstrom. [The Gauntlet]

Retailing | Barbarian Comics in Wheaton, Maryland, is still in business after 40 years, now owned by brothers Thomas and James Wu. Founder Carl Bridgers, 75, periodically checks in to see how things are going. [Gazette]

Blogosphere | The Cool Kids Table, the group blog of Ben Morse, Kiel Phegley, Rickey Purdin and Kevin Mahadeo, marks its third anniversary. [The Cool Kids Table]

Review| Robot 6 contributor Sean T. Collins reviews Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit: Book Three. [The Comics Journal]

Review | David Welsh reviews Osamu Tezuka's The Book of Human Insects: "This is right in my Tezuka center of gravity. It’s a compelling story with a moral, though satirical core, taking the flaws of a generation to almost ridiculous extremes and crafting a thriller from that starting point. It’s great looking, possessed of a sexy energy that Tezuka’s adult works don’t always achieve with this level of confidence. And it’s got an indelible central figure, surrounded by an interesting cadre of marks and foes." [The Manga Curmudgeon]

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