|Marvel Comics/Amanda Conner|
One of the many cliches about the comic book community is that it's not female friendly. And that doesn't just include the fans. I'm talking about the creative community as well.
The catch-22 of the matter, though, is that when a comic book company tries to open up the doors of its boys club to include a more feminine perspective
--like Marvel's Girl Comics
miniseries, which gets a collection as a hardcover this week--it ends up getting its nose slapped
(albeit slightly deservedly) with a rolled up newspaper.
Now gender is no guarantee of high quality work, but it is a fairly good gauge of finding comics that represent a different aesthetic or world view. So how do you find that talent without going broke (and trudging through a morass of subpar work)? Sure, if you're even a casual comic book fan, you've heard of big-name vets like Gail Simone, Alison Bechdel, Colleen Doran and Jill Thompson. And more educated fans probably know about established creators deserving more recognition, such as Becky Cloonan, Colleen Coover, Jessica Abel and Nicola Scott. But who are the up-and-comers? Where can someone find the next wave of top female creators?
You're looking at it. I've put together a two-part list (part two will run next week) of women artists and writers who I think are worth checking out and who I also hope can make big names for themselves in the field.