Inspired by a few conversations with friends, I’ve been thinking about women in comics. There are plenty of us, as Rachel at Inside Out noted, writing about comics, writing and drawing comics, editing comics, or just fans of comics.
Yet we often seem to be counted out, overlooked, or ignored. We’re told we don’t read comics, or told which comics we should like, or people assume over and over again that we’re just looking for books for our boyfriends. (Even if we don’t like boys.)
Women in comics and women comics fans are not a monolith. We don’t all like the same things. Women read superhero comics, and women read crime comics, and women read Northlanders and The Boys.
There’s no way to just write “comics for women,” in other words. There are ways, though, to make the comics world more woman-friendly. But we’re not all going to agree on what those things are, either.
One of my favorite moments for women creators came when Denise Mina took over Hellblazer. I love women writing women characters (hello, Gail Simone on Wonder Woman) but I loved seeing a woman handed the reins to one of the most archetypically male characters in comics. John Constantine is selfish, manipulative, and goes through women like other characters go through outfits, and Mina got him.
So, ‘Rama readers of the female persuasion, what do you want to see more of? What annoys you? And to everyone, who are your favorite female creators?
And most importantly, what should I be covering here?