A recent poll revealed that in its first week of sales, 93% of the readers purchasing issue #1 of DC comics’ new ’52’ series titles were male. Interestingly, while there were several stories with lead female characters, this was not reflected in the number of female creators behind the scenes.
It’s been a common perception that women don’t read or contribute to comic books, and a drop in female readership from 8% to 7% in the last 20 years highlights scope for progress and discussion in this multi-million pound industry.
The last meeting of the Marylebone Library Graphic Novels Club was entitled Wonder Woman saves Superman! and the group discussed a variety of female comic book writers, artists and characters as well as the nature of the industry as a whole.
After a few laughs, and some serious discussion and contemplation, our meeting came up with a variety of suggested titles to encourage a more diverse collection of writers and artists in our libraries including the works of Nicola Scott and Gail Simone (Birds of Prey & Secret Six), Emanuela Lupacchino (X-factor), Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), Amanda Conner (Power Girl) and many more.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 1 May 2013 and we’ll be discussing the topic ‘Jack of All Trades: Writer/Artists and their work’ (more details on the Club page). All welcome!