Comic Book Women Will Save the World (From All-Male Comic Convention Panels)!
What should you do when your convention’s “Women In Comics” panel—or, any other panel, for that matter—ends up with an all-male set of hosts? Worse yet, what if you already contacted some women to appear as guests, but they declined? Never fear! Comic Book Women is here to give you a gentle nudge not to give up yet, and to offer a ton of options when it comes to selecting speakers and panelists for events.
Comic Book Women, an advocacy and networking group for women in the industry, began as a small group of peers and has now grown into a 200-member organization. Gail Simone described the motivation behind their recent effort to aid convention staffers:
I get asked to be at a lot of cons. Last year, I turned down over 120 events all around the world, even though I accepted as many as I thought I possibly could … Having Comic Book Women as a resource to offer to convention organizers will be really helpful. Our hope is that we can add a wider range of voices to the many great conversations about comics at these conventions.
If you’re organizing an event and you need some help filling out your guest list, email ThereAreMany@ComicBookWomen.com.
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