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KURT BUSIEK responds

For a while there, it seemed like the smart money for any comics award was just to bet on "Astro City" and be done with it. Kurt's been in the business a good while, revamping "The Avengers" and "Iron Man" along the way, but it's "Kurt Busiek's Astro City" that seems to create the most devoted fan following. Lighten up. You people are scaring me.  Anyway, Kurt's a really nice guy, and is busy enjoying his improved health and growing family, and also writing "Astro City." Which I think I mentioned. (GS)

KURT: I think it means that female characters more often get a raw deal in comics than male characters, but with luck, it'll change in time.

gail: I guess my question then is what factors have made such a condition acceptable and common. Is it editorially mandated, or author-driven? Do male fans respond positively to them? It's a bit of a mystery to me. Why so few heroines at the majors emerge unscathed.

KURT: Beats me. I don't think it's editorially-mandated, though, since nobody's mandated it to me...