The Mary Sue Exclusive
Rogue. Shadowcat. Mystique. Emma Frost. If you're thinking of a an iconic female character from the X-Men (or just a certain ragin' Cajun), chances are, you're thinking of a Chris Claremont
character. Claremont, whose legendary run on the X-books spanned over 16 years (from approximately 1975-1991) and many of our childhoods, is also responsible for many of the series' famous -- and now, movie adaptable -- story arcs, including "Days of Future Past,"and "The Dark Phoneix Saga." He's the man responsible for turning Wolverine into the fan favorite that he is, and for bringing the X-Men back to life after their initial near-commercial-death in the 1960s. Now, Claremont's the subject of a new documentary, Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont's X-Men
, from the same team that brought us Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods
, and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts
. No strangers to the subject of women in comics, they're also the ones currently in production on She Makes Comics
, a new doc that will focus on exactly what it says on the tin, women who make comics, both in independent circles and in the larger industry.
We took a few moments of director and editor Patrick Meaney
's time to talk about the importance of female characters to Claremont, what makes his run on X-Men
so memorable, and how that decade and a half shaped the way we still look at comics from the Big Two today.