Writer Hudson Phillips runs a “women in Comics” roundtable:
I recently had a conversation with 5 brilliant, creative, funny women who are up and coming (if not already established) in the world of comics. I asked artists Rebekah Isaacs (Hack/Slash, Drafted) & Amy Reeder Hadley (Fool’s Gold, Madame Xanadu), journalists Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) & Angela Paman (Comic Addiction), and web-comics creator Julia Wertz (The Fart Party) about their thoughts on the state of women in the comics industry. Everyone was very vocal about their opinions and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of diversity. I hope that this can be a springboard for more of these types of healthy conversations in the industry.
Now, you know how we feel about “Women in Comics” panels and so on. Until you see these same five women being interviewed about the future of comics, or how to break in to comics, or some non-gender-related issues, it’s still a bit of a pigeonhole, wethinks. However, all caveats aside, it’s an interesting piece, well worth reading if only to see how a generation that has had little if any nay-saying directed against them, views these old issues:
Amy: I know being female is still an issue in some ways, but from what I can tell, it’s getting much better. In fact, I honestly think some of my good fortune entering the mainstream comics world came FROM being female. I’ve felt completely welcome working for DC Comics, and I think people are just so happy to see a new female creator. They want diversity. It’s good for the medium and it’s good for business.
Julia: I think it’s become less of an issue while the pool of women cartoonists grows. I think it’s still surprising to find women in mainstream comics, but the alternative comics scene has a large number of female cartoonists involved with it. So in regards to alt. comics, I’d say it’s no longer an issue. (Although we do have to deal with Cathy jokes constantly).
Also of note is the discussion of why women don’t write or draw more superheroes. While several of the respondents go for the accepted notion that girls just don’t like boy’s fantasies, this negates the huge female readership for a lot of shonen manga, which are just as boy-themed as superhero stuff. Could there be OTHER factors at play? Hmmmmmmmm…