- Posted by Johanna on April 30, 2007 at 7:31 am
- Category: Comic News
Lots of discussion already about the Free Comic Book Day comics I covered yesterday, but I wanted to raise a related question… and I can’t believe it took me this long to notice:
What am I supposed to give girls? FCBD has never been strong on titles for women (neither is the direct market, so that’s not a surprise), but in previous years, there were good choices for the younger female. This year seems to have gone backwards in this area.
The only manga this year is aggressively male-targeted. Archie went with Little Archie and a camp adventure instead of anything that features its well-known female characters. Amelia Rules was a favorite to push, but they’ve been doing more superhero role-playing stories, which I find less interesting because they’re less about Amelia’s experiences and more about Reggie. (To be fair, others may not agree with my perception of their change in focus.)
Legion of Super-Heroes has plenty of female characters, so that’s a possibility. There are several regular titles that can appeal to both boys and girls: Bongo’s Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, and Owly’s always a great choice (and that even features a new female character this year). Older, Whiteout and Love and Capes would both be good.
In the bigger picture, I’d say that the selection this year is a fair representation of the direct market, so all I’m doing is recognizing the bigger issue, which we’re all already aware of.