After taking a look at
Jenna Jemma Salume’s absolutely gorgeous Dr. Strange villain redesigns, I was reminded, oddly enough, of Websnark’s post about Dan Didio’s response to that Batgirl fan (the story of which has been making its way around the internets lately). Not so much for the content (which is an excellent essay), but more because in its argument it makes the point that change of this sort is DC’s responsibility, rather than the fans’, in many ways.
Mostly, though, what it comes down to is this: when Dan Didio asks comic fans who say they want to see more female creators working at DC ‘who should I hire?” he’s effectively asking them to do part of his job for him. It’s not my job, as a comics fan, to scout out talent that should be working at DC. Sure, sometimes it’ll become obvious to fans that Indie Creator should – if they are so inclined – be working on a title at the Big Two. But all too often I won’t even know that creator’s name (or gender) offhand because I’ll read a brief work of genius and then forget to read more by them, because there’s only so many hours in the day that I can judge content. But judging content is basically what editors do, and I would expect DC to specifically keep an eye open for talent in the same way that Marvel does. Or in the way that any publishing company does, really. Talent scouting is part of the gig when you’re an editor working for a publishing company, and I would expect Dan Didio could name me a dozen female indie creators he’d like to see working for DC. And if he isn’t able to do that, he should be able to do that.
I mean, by the standard Didio presents, apparently the reason J.T. Krul has a job is because we all demanded it.