As someone new to the comic book world, taking this class was my first real look into the comics world and its major players. In class we have discussed many influential and great contributors to this sub-culture. From Carl Barks to Jim Panter, each cartoonist is bringing something different to the table, which is amazing to see! I did notice, however, that they all have had one major thing in common with each other, their gender. The male presence is comics is well known while the only presence of women in comic books I knew of before this class was that of scantily clad women in distress waiting for their male hero to save them from peril…
And so, I figured it would be fitting to highlight the real women of the comic book world. Women are becoming more and more a part of this culture, with people like Jodi Picoult who has written DC’s Wonder Woman and Sara Pichelli who is best known for being the first to illustrate the Miles Morales version of Ultimate Comics: Spider-man.
Another new female influence is that of Becky Cloonan. Cloonan draws Swamp Thing in a series for DC Comics, drew the American Virgin series and Conan the Barbarian for Dark Horse comics publisher, and is one of few women to be incorporated in the main stream comic book world. As well as writing, illustrating and publishing her own comic book every year, including The Mire and Wolves, she had the privilege and honor of being the first woman to draw Batman for DC Comics in the series 72-year history.
These women are just a few examples of the real women in the industry today. They each have accomplished major achievements and I thought they deserved spotlighting!