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women in comics

Offered Without Comment

The Male Version of Power Girl’s Boob Window Is… Er… I Don’t Really Know

*leaves this genderswapped Power Girl illustration by Cory Walker here* *places the uncensored, NSFW version behind the jump* *moonwalks away*

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Essay

Greg Rucka Has Something Important To Say About Your Gatekeeping Of Women In Geek Culture

[Editor's Note: With creator Greg Rucka's permission, we're republishing a piece he wrote on his personal blog in its entirety. Some strong language to follow from a husband and father who's fed up. The topic of conversation? The above t-shirt design spotted at WonderCon this past weekend.]

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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Meanwhile...

Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey

“While many stores report that their children’s comics sections continue to grow, the demographic that seems to be growing the fastest is young women, aged 17–33. Image titles like The Walking Dead, Saga, and Pretty Deadly have gotten their attention, but Wayne Wise reports that at Phantom of the Attic there are “a lot of young women who are really invested in Marvel and DC titles, as well as the Indies. New titles aimed at this group are an important part of this. Books like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Young Avengers have been particularly successful.’ Data from a reader survey by digital comics vendor Comixology supports what retailers are seeing. Chip Mosher, Comixology’s v-p, communications and marketing, confirmed that 20% of its new customers in the third quarter of 2013 were females ages 17–26.”Shannon O’Leary writing for Publishers Weekly on findings in a recent comics retailer survey.

Previously in Women and Comics

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Essay

Sorry To Burst Your Masturbatory Comic Bubble (No, I’m Not)

[Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on Jill's tumblr, The Bird and the Bat. Trigger warning for language about sexual threats.]

I have a theory on why a small segment of men who read comics send rape threats to women who write about comics. To put it simply, they think we’re destroying their masturbatory fantasies (literal or otherwise).

You may laugh but it’s quite possibly the source of all the hatemongering. They’re under the impression comics are for men. Men only. And the characters therein, specifically the female characters, are there for them to ogle. The mere thought of that being taken away from them is frightening (even though, you know, porn and porn comics!). So frightening they will do anything to stop it. And they think silencing women with threats is the answer.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Boom Reveals Lady-Drawn Lumberjanes Variant Covers

As you can probably guess, we were extremely excited when we first heard about Boom! Studios new title Lumberjanes, the creator-owened, women-led series about five girls at summer camp who fight yetis and do other awesome stuff. Above is a new variant cover to the first issue from Lauren Zukauskas, hit the jump for another and a few more details.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive

Part 2: The Mary Sue Discusses Women In Comics With Dark Horse Comics’ Editor In Chief

Yesterday we brought you the first part in our two-part conversation with Dark Horse Comics’ Editor in Chief Scott Allie. We discussed their Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, Tomb Raider, and just some of the phenomenal talent they’ve got behind them. Today we focus on Greg Rucka, Hellboy, diversity in the industry, and literally judging a book by its cover.

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This Makes Sense

Image Comics Publisher Calls Women “The Fastest Growing Demographic” In The Industry

This is one of those things that’s so in line with what we’re all about here, it’s hard to not copy-paste the whole shebang. Yesterday morning, at the ComicsPRO Annual Membership Meeting, Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson gave a speech on expanding the industry’s appeal. Stephenson spoke passionately about advancing the medium, and talked at length about how both publishers and retailers need to focus on bringing in new readers. His remarks on one group in particular were highly relevant to our interests.

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Interview

The Mary Sue Interviews Kate Leth, Writer Of Boom’s Adventure Time Vol. 3: Seeing Red

Kate Leth has become one busy woman. Not only has she stepped into the publishing sphere with work for Adventure Time and other Boom! Studios properties, she’s also been producing a set of her popular comic series Kate or Die for ComicsAlliance. That’s not all;  there’s the collaboration with high-profile podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the founding of an international group of female comic-shop workers, appropriately named The Valkyries. But given the success of the charming, highly personal, and indisputably cool Kate or Die, it’s no wonder she’s involved in so many upcoming projects. Now she’s stepped into the role of graphic novel writer and teamed up with artist Zach Sterling to produce a full-blown Adventure Time story all about everyone’s favorite rock n’ roll vampire queen, Marceline, for Boom! Studios. We had a chance to talk with her about the upcoming graphic novel, how she has no time for “hateful garbage,” and more. 

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Noelle Stevenson’s Comic Shop Experience Makes Us Sad

Noelle Stevenson, aka Gingerhaze, is an accomplished creator. She creates the weekly webcomic Nimona and her latest outing is the fabulously named Lumberjanes from Boom. But you see, that all amounts to nothing when entering certain comic book shops.

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My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

Comics Publisher Image Announces New Titles At Image Expo

This Thursday marked the second annual Image Expo, held by comics publisher Image in their home city of San Francisco to promote their upcoming books. The event — a comics-star-studded extravaganza of signings and announcements — is the only one of its kind in comics publishing, as most publishers continue to use standard comic conventions or the press to announce their new projects. The good news is that there are a lot of awesome-sounding projects coming up. The bad news is that (unsurprisingly) diversity is still a problem in comics.

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