Comic book heroines

Wonder Woman: the circleA 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.

Tamara Drewe by Posy SimmondsAfter 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.

We also discussed Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol and Spider-man (Ultimate comics) by Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol Spider-man (Ultimate comics) by Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli

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!



3 responses to “Comic book heroines

  1. Each person has a completely different impression on which they think of as superior comics and graphic novels. There are many aspects to making superior stories and art is extremely subjective. Not one book is likely to catch the attention of everyone and that is okay. Writers like Mark Millar and Mark Waid are good at what they do. I happen to like the way they publish stories but even their stellar material can come up short with poor art..


  2. Thanks a very instructive few minutes around the subject of graphic novels and comics. As much more films are adapted in the comics and graphic novel formats, youd think that there could be higher appreciation for the medium. Sadly the public still sees superheroes as the only genre shifted from comics and nonetheless dismiss the medium as childrens books. By the way, I like the title, it got me here so it was effective.


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