Whither girls?

Melissa Carroll writes in today’s Rumpus Essay:

Recently, I saw a My Little Pony in an indie comic store in Chinatown. As part of a trend to revamp toys and cartoons from the 1980s, the comic store had a few pony figurines alongside an entire shelf of the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon series comics.

“Would these be a good introduction to comics for a little girl?” I asked the broken-hipster in skinny jeans behind the cash.

“Honestly,” the guy seller said, “the only people who ever buy those comics are men.”

That said: yes, they would.

1 Responses to Whither girls?

  1. fillyjonk says:

    I’m a girl (well, woman) and I buy the comics. Granted, I buy them via mail from Amazon sellers because the thought of walking into a comic-book store and being given the side-eye or the under-the-breath snarky comment by a broken-hipster in skinny jeans gives me the fantods.

    Yes, I know, it might be cheaper to go to a shop, but then again, with driving distance (I know not where the nearest comics shop to me is), it might not.

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