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Biographies: Gotham Girls

Biographies: Tourists

Reviews & Recommendations

Points of View

Fan Fiction

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Biographies: Gotham Girls

I used to invite site visitors to suggest Gotham women as subjects for biographies. However, I discovered that the hours in my day do not allow for hunting through the internet and comic books to research every character people suggest. Thus, Women of Gotham now operates under this rule: you suggest it, you write it. Look, I've already done the biggies!

As the above title implies, these biographies should cover comic book women who have either lived in Gotham or appear predominantly in Batman-related books. For non-Gotham women, see the Tourists section below.

  • Format: A biography should be more than just a recitation of character history and appearances. I want to know why this woman is so great -- and why you like her. Why is she important to comics? To you? What is her appeal? Her meaning? The major facts of her history need to be there, but more importantly, I want to know what you think and feel about these characters. As an example of the kind of biographical essay format that I want, read the Catwoman bio. Aim to blend information and personal commentary.
  • Length: 500-1000 words.
  • The articles should be free of racism, sexism, bigotry, profanity, defamation, and obscenity.
  • I reserve the right to reject submissions for content, length, and quality of prose.
  • Please ensure that the facts presented in the articles are accurate, including the correct spellings of proper names.
  • I also reserve the right to edit pieces for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity.

I will provide a picture of the character to go with the article; however, if you wish, you may send a picture along -- provided that it is a reasonable size (which means NOT 1000x1000 pixels).

Biographies: Tourists

As above, I want pieces that are interpretive (ie. what you think) as well as informative. Any non-Gotham fictional female that has appeared in print form (either comic books or prose novels) is eligible as a subject. However, only one biographical essay per character will be published on the site. So before you write a single word, be sure to follow this very important submission procedure:

  1. Send me an e-mail indicating which fictional female you intend to write a bio about ("the claim"). Please assume that I don't know who you're talking about, and provide the name of the comic series or book(s) she appears in, and if possible, the author(s). Make sure you also include your name. NOTE: Character claims will not be accepted on Words of Prey Message Board. To make your claim legit, you must e-mail me so I have a dated record of your claim.
  2. Character bios will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. As long as you can spell and capitalize a proper sentence in your claim e-mail, you get first crack at writing the bio.
  3. I will send a reply either confirming your claim (at which point you can go ahead with the bio), or inform you that the character has already been claimed by another writer. In the event a character you request has already been spoken for, you're unfortunately out of luck. Unless...
  4. Once I send the confirmation of your claim, you have six months to write the bio and submit it. In the event you do not submit a bio within six months, your claim is void, and any other writer who has requested that character has the chance to claim and write a bio.
  5. The bio must also reasonably match the format, length, content and quality guidelines noted above under "Gotham Girls."

Sounds unnecessarily complicated? Well, perhaps. Call me paranoid, but in my mind's eye I see the Buffy queue starting already.

And speaking of our beloved vampire slayer, please note that characters from movies and television are eligible ONLY if they have appeared in either novel or comic book form.

Reviews & Recommendations

I hope these are pretty self-explanatory. Pick a comic or book, and tell us what you think about it. Or recommend one of your favourite books, and tell us why we should read it. However, some elaboration is necessary on a few points.

Any comic book or prose book can be reviewed or recommended, with the exception of works of a pornographic or obscene nature. If it isn't obvious in the article, please indicate whether what you're reviewing is a comic or a prose book. Though the field is wide open, I prefer reviews of books that have a strong female focus, and/or are created by women. This is a site about women, after all.

What is the difference between a review and a recommendation? Recommendations differ in that you generally like what you recommend, whereas you may not like what you review. This does not mean that you cannot criticize a book in a recommendation; it merely means that if you are recommending the book, you probably don't hate it, unless you're INTO punishment, if you know what I mean. A recommendation will outline the strengths and weaknesses of a book, why you like it, and why you think the reader might like it: you are encouraging the reader to try the book. A review will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of a book, but will often get into more specifics, and approach the material with a more neutral, critical stance.

  • Length: between 100 and 1,000 words.
  • If you include "spoilers" (ie. information that gives away essential points of the story), please put it at the bottom of the review so I can put some space around it on the screen.
    The articles should be free of racism, sexism, bigotry, profanity, defamation, and obscenity.
  • I reserve the right to reject submissions for content, length, and quality of prose.
  • Please ensure that facts presented in the articles are accurate, including the correct spellings of proper names.
  • I also reserve the right to edit pieces for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity.

Points of View

In this kind of article, you can express your opinion on any topic that is at least loosely related to comics. This is where discussion sparks and thoughts provoke.

What do I mean by "loosely related to comics"? This is primarily a comics site, so the opinion pieces should be somewhat related to comic books. But I intend to be fairly generous in my interpretation of this requirement.

Think of it this way: comics are a filter through which we can view the whole wide world -- life, the universe, everything. Write with your eyes peering through that filter. You can write a piece about free speech, global culture, music, morality, economics, politics, you name it, through the filter of comics. Comics are that rich as a medium. You could write an article connecting Oracle and Marshall McLuhan, or Batman and gun control; I'd love to read a piece about Black Canary and post-feminism, Supergirl and free speech, Meridian and civil disobedience.

  • Format: These pieces should be personal or critical essays -- check out your local newspaper's editorial page for examples, or editorial essays in magazines like Harper's or The New Yorker.
  • Length: 300 - 1500 words, though I will consider longer pieces if they're really, really good. If you think you have a knockout piece, it doesn't hurt to ask.
  • The articles should be free of racism, sexism, bigotry, profanity, defamation, and obscenity.
  • I reserve the right to reject submissions for content, length, and quality of prose.
  • Please ensure that presented facts are accurate, including the correct spellings of proper names.
  • I also reserve the right to edit pieces for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity.

Fan Fiction

Women of Gotham publishes short or serialized fan fiction stories. These are original short stories by fans that use trademarked characters (like Huntress, Catwoman, etc.). Fan fic is illegal (violative of copyright laws and international copyright conventions), but it's tolerated, presumably because it doesn't usually put a dent in the creators' profits.

The focus of this website is on the women of the Bat-books, but I encourage discussion and fan fic of all female comic book characters -- including other DC women, Marvel, CrossGen, Image, Dark Horse, etc. And if you've got something that stars one of the male Bat-book characters, I'll consider that, too. Hey, I love Nightwing as much as the next girl. Guys outside of the Bat-books? Well... no. I have to draw the line somewhere.

But please note: I am not in the business of posting pornography. Keep your stories and pictures clean. If you've got a great story and I think it's not suitable for a general audience, I may post it, but with a rating warning readers of the more mature content. But this is an exception, and it would have to be a FANTASTIC story. The rule is, keep it PG or PG-13.

  • Length: The stories should be no longer than 3,000 words.
  • The stories should be free of racism, sexism, bigotry, profanity, defamation, and obscenity.
  • I reserve the right to reject submissions for content, length, and quality of prose.
  • I also reserve the right to edit pieces for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity.

Original Fiction

The main difference between this and fan fiction, as you can no doubt figure out but I will state anyway in my obsessive and maddening drive for thoroughness, is that original fiction includes material that is wholly your own creation -- no using other people's fictional characters or settings. Oh, heck -- you get the idea.

As I said before, I am not in the business of posting pornography. If you've got a great story and I think it's not suitable for a general audience, I may post it, but with a rating warning readers of the more mature content. But this is an exception, and it would have to be a FANTASTIC story. The rule is, keep it PG or PG-13.

  • Length: The stories should be no longer than 3,000 words.
  • The stories should be free of racism, sexism, bigotry, profanity, defamation, and obscenity.
  • I reserve the right to reject submissions for content, length, and quality of prose.
  • I also reserve the right to edit pieces for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity.


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