- Posted by Johanna on May 1, 2006 at 11:19 pm
- Category: Comic News
Someone I don’t know looks at the lack of visible female creators at indy publishers. While discussing possible reasons for this discrepancy, someone in the comments points out a very real fact:
making a comic is much more *labor-intensive* than writing a story. And indie-comics aren’t going to make you rich. So it becomes a (second, or third) job. Even writing a comic is more work-intensive than writing a story, because you have to put in a lot of time communicating with your artist in order to make it roll. Unfortunately, most women in our society already have a second or third job that men don’t: taking care of the house, the kids, the men, etc. They don’t have *time* for making comics: they’re busy doing the work that doesn’t get credited on the cover. Or, to put it another way: Behind almost every male indie-comics creator that I know much about, there’s a woman (or, sometimes, a boyfriend/heterosexual life partner) who gets thanked in interviews for giving them the chance to work. Behind almost every female indie-comics creator that I know much about, there’s a man (except a few lucky ones with girlfriends) – an amazing, wonderful man who also does indie comics, and understands, and is willing to share the other work equally. Women in general just don’t seem as likely as men to find a mate who’ll do the housework and pay the mortgage just so that their girl has time to draw.
I am still coming to terms with never being able to do what I love (reviewing comics and writing this blog) on anything approaching a full-time basis, and I’m lucky enough to have a husband who does a lot of housework. But there’s still the full-time job and the family expectations (although I love spending time with them).
Not to mention connections. Fellow male fans I’ve known for years and who recognize my interest in and knowledge of comics still can’t see me as “one of the guys”. And those guys are who they turn to when they need a favor or have a job or want a co-worker.