As readers of my site may have noticed, I’ve made a special point of making Project: Rooftop a welcome place for female creators and used my little platform to help build a bigger fanbase for some who have gone on to work at DC, Marvel, and Image.
But a few years ago, when one of them had portfolio reviews at the Marvel and DC offices, we met up afterwards and she was angry and disheartened to find the reviewers both made sexist comments, insinuated that her work was done by her boyfriend, and asked her what she was doing later. Seriously. Comics should be a welcome, safe place for everyone. Actually, fuck that, EVERYWHERE should be that. But if the people running superhero comics, the most successful moral heroes of the last century can’t get it through their heads to treat the majority of people in this country (you know, women) as equals, then I don’t even know.
I was disappointed when after three years of slow progress working for DC, we couldn’t make Lois Lane, Girl Reporter a reality, all because they can’t get it through their twisted, self-centric ideas of what comics fans are, to the TRUTH, that there are women and girls who love these characters. And many of them want to be a part of shaping these inspirational worlds. But for all my own project rejections and slights, I can’t remember a time I’ve been angrier at the establishment than I was when I heard one of the talented friends I’ve been in awe of since I first saw her work was treated so shittily by some douchebags in New York offices who have never had to do the jobs they are in charge of overseeing, just because she was a woman.
You MAY know someone who loves superheroes as much as I do, but you DON’T know someone who loves them MORE than I do. (SEE: HERE) And this shit makes being even tangentially related to these people feel disgusting.
Great, great essay, G. Willow Wilson. I cannot WAIT for your new Ms. Marvel series, and it’s been truly uplifting to see inspirational female creators like you and Kelly Sue DeConnick become fan faves, in and outside of your work. Batman’s my pretend hero. Creators like you are giving the fans real people to look up to, especially those who need them most, in this industry that keeps intentionally pushing them away.
(Writer G. Willow Wilson’s original post can be found here, and is worth your time.)