Let's face it, we did it to ourselves guys. Our obession in all things geeky has driven the female population to take interest, right down to Granma with her Wii system. "Girlies Don't Game" looks at the gamer lifestyle from both sides of the equation. Mike and Bev (plus a few others) explore a life of sharing the controller and lives, while giving their own social commentary. People on the Internet may say they don't exist, but we all know otherwise!
I am enamored of Mike Concannon's unique take on the "OMG girl gamer!!!" jokes. We can juxtapose this one with Joy Stuck (and about 95% of the other comics that try to do this sort of joke) and see some important differences. If you look at the first strip, you see a setup where the characters talk about women cosplaying in skimpy outfits. The obvious "joke" - the one that far too many comics do - is to have the *man* be the one to picture the woman in a skimpy outfit and go all giddy at the mental image, and then the female threatens to hurt him. This setup has never really made sense to me. This is videogame culture we're talking about here, which isn't known as a bastion of Victorian principles. If any group needs to be honest and self-aware about the way males and females interact, it's ours.
Girlies Don't Game subverts the common approach and has the female doing the wishful thinking. We have a punchline which reveals a bit about the character, amuses us, and delivers an unexpected payload of truth: Yes, dressing up is fun. Getting attention can be fun as long as it is admiration and not creepy leering. (Do not ask me to draw that line. I keep losing track of it.) Showing of your costume-making skills and good looks is a blast, which is why many females go in for that sort of thing. They do it because they enjoy it, not because they secretly want an excuse to kick guys in the balls for having the audacity to like their appearance.
The third strip is a good one as well. Clearly, hating on some groups is this awful taboo. But everyone talks about twelve year old boys like they're all Hitler Youth.
The artist consistently went after familiar material but avoided or subverted what other webcomics tend to do. This writer has a unique voice.
And the art: Adorable. It gives the strip a sense of enthusiasm and playfulness. (The fact that a "screenshot artist" like me gets to comment on the art of other webcomics is proof that this is a world which will *never* know justice. It's like hiring an arsonist as an architectural critic.)