DC to Female Comic Champions: “We Hear You”

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DC Comics has been on the receiving end of a massive wave of hate following their appearances at Comic-Con 2011, during which they were asked to address fans’ belief that women and comics are becoming increasingly under-represented. One fan in particular, Kyrax2 – a Batgirl cosplayer – took the question directly to DC Comics and was met with a pretty negative response both from the audience and the DC Comics panelists.

At issue is what fans believe to be under-representation of females in both the comic industry and the comics themselves. The crowd and DC Comics staffers disagreed with Kyrax2 and her comments/questions were greeted with booing and hostility, despite the innocence of her questions.

Pressure on the comic giant has only grown since Comic-Con ended in July. Comic fans have been left pondering the issue raised by Kyrax2, leading DC Comics to officially release a statement regarding the issue:

Over the past week we’ve heard from fans about a need for more women writers, artists and characters. We want you to know, first and foremost, that we hear you and take your concerns very seriously.

We’ve been very fortunate in recent years to have fan favorite creators like Gail Simone, Amy Reeder, Felicia Henderson, Fiona Staples, Amanda Connor, G. Willow Wilson and Nicola Scott write and draw the adventures of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.

DC Comics is the home of a pantheon of remarkable, iconic women characters like Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman and Supergirl as well as fan favorite characters like Black Canary, Katana, Mera and Starfire. We’re committed to telling diverse stories with a diverse point of view. We want these adventures to resonate in the real world, reflecting the experiences of our diverse readership. Can we improve on that? We always can—and aim to.

We’ll have exciting news about new projects with women creators in the coming months and will be making those announcements closer to publication. Many of the above creators will be working on new projects, as we continue to tell the ongoing adventures of our characters. We know there are dozens of other women creators and we welcome the opportunity to work with them.

Our recent announcements have generated much attention and discussion and we welcome that dialogue.

Is this the end of the issue? Do you feel that females in comics and the comic industry are underrepresented? What more do you feel should be done to ensure a fairer gender balance in the comic world?

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Mike Macauley is the founder and editor in chief of Lytherus.com. He also founded and runs Shurtugal.com, the official Inheritance Cycle community, and published his book, The Inheritance Almanac, in 2011. Mike can be found on Twitter at @mikemacauley.

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