- Posted by Johanna on May 19, 2008 at 11:53 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Hudson Phillips conducted a roundtable over the weekend, asking female artists and journalists to talk about the state of women in comics. Along with me, he interviewed Rebekah Isaacs, Amy Reeder Hadley, Angela Paman, and Julia Wertz.
Some great, varying perspectives are raised about whether women in comics is still an issue, the contributions of manga, recognizing some of the women who’ve gone before, and what positive steps can be taken to improve things.
I must congratulate Hudson on asking really good, thought-provoking questions and arranging the answers well. Too often email interviews have too-general questions (like “tell me about your background” or “what’s your opinion on women in comics”). By targeting several key areas, Hudson elicited better responses.
Update: Based on the reactions, talking about the issues that uniquely face women in comics is “pigeonholing” and plenty of women love superhero comcs — you just have to judge the gender’s tastes by the female friends who share the interest with you. (I’m kidding. I know some women read superhero comics; I used to be one of them. They’re just not the majority of the comic-buying market.)
I’m glad plenty of people are comfortable reading whatever they care for and I’m thrilled that some younger women haven’t experienced the discrimination prevalent just a few years ago, but I’m dismayed that the general attitude is “let’s put the whole discussion behind us”, because there are still important things to say and points to be made.
Of course women are asked about the unique struggles they faced — that’s not “pigeonholing”, that’s going to the experts. As I responded to Hudson, when he complimented me on having clearly thought a lot about the subject, I kind of had to, you know?