This part of Image publisher Eric Stephenson’s latest interview at Bleeding Cool has me curious:
We publish the books that are pitched to us – we don’t hand out assignments. I don’t work at Marvel or DC, so I can’t tell you how they do things there, but I do know we don’t get many pitches from women. When we do, I give them the exact same consideration I would give a pitch from a man. It’s either good or it isn’t, and that’s really all I care about. I mean, maybe I’m not like everybody else, but I don’t really sit around and separate people into different groups. It has nothing to do with political correctness, it’s just not how I’m wired.
The curious part: Why doesn’t Image get many pitches from women? Even if you don’t take Eric at his gender-blind word, what’s to lose in pitching to Image? Is it some idea of what Image comics are like? Did stories about not being able to afford to publish series scare potential creators off, considering what tends to thrive in the direct market? Do webcomics just seem like a better option? I’m really wondering what’s going on here, because as Womanthology demonstrates, the creators are out there. Is there something about Image that’s scaring them off?