The Secret is out

Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs is the creator of the popular blog Pen-Elayne on the Web. She was a founding member of Friends of Lulu, an organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of girls and women in comics, as readers and creators. She is married to inker Robin Riggs, with whom she shares two cats, and has odd love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton.

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7 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    You're thanking him for doing something the rest of the American workforce did more than 30 years ago, including the print comic business, the cable television business, the network television business and almost the entire Internet industry? It seems to me he's only slightly ahead of the Don Imus-Rush Limbaugh set in terms of including people based on merit, not good-old-boyism.

  2. David says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Elayne. Ana has been with us behind the scenes from the very beginning. Having a female face on the show was part of the plan from the beginning – we were just looking for the right one. Turns out we had her with us the whole time! As for the spelling of her name – typo typo typo. We think she's great – fresh out of film school and winner of awards. Best, David

  3. David says:

    Not sure what we've done to offend you, Martha, that you would put us into the Imus-Limbaugh category. My company has ALWAYS been diversified, with women in positions of authority and creativity. The fact that it took a whole month to get a female face on the show should not be construed as good-old-boyism. Other than that, how do you like the show?

  4. Martha Thomases says:

    David, I didn't mean to diss you, and I apologize if my clumsy sentence construction gave that impression. I was disturbed that Elayne thought it was so unusual to have a woman on-camera and/or behind the scenes that it was praiseworthy. As I said, it's the way smart businesspeople have operated for decades. As you demonstrate.

  5. David says:

    Thanks, Martha. I happen to agree with you. It's nice to see, by the way, that there are more women interested in comics these days than there seemed to be when I was growing up.

  6. Ana says:

    Hello ComicMix! Glad you enjoyed the Indie Cred segment. I just couldn't contain my enthusiasm for Optic Nerve's biannual new issue in a voiceover alone! But I've done writing and editing work for a lot of past segments – some highlights include the recent Fistacuffs feature (Ep 16), an interview with Mouseguard's David Pederson (Ep 9), and of course my weekley segment you mentioned, The Rundown. I'm particularly proud of the Rundown, the point of which is to get viewers caught up on the complex storylines of great-but-low-selling books, so they can jump right in and grab the newest issue. The featured books are always personal favorites.On the subject of women in comics, growing up in Oakland and Berekely, the graphic novel subculture always felt pretty inclusive to me. It's certainly harder to find mainstream comic media that recognizes a female audiance, but I do enjoy sites like, PWBeat, and the Comic Book Queers Podcast.-AHR

  7. Elayne Riggs says:

    I didn't think it was "unusual" per se, Martha – in fact, I thought it was about darned time that Ana stepped out from behind the scenes. I think PS is a worthy endeavor but it had all been rather homogenous until now, which had frustrated me.