Don't Be a Dick: How Comics Can Alienate Women and Trans Folks
Today's new Ladydrawers' strip, drawn by non-binary Chicago-based queer art maker Rachel Swanson, is the third in our Don't Be A Dick series of comics about the feminist issue in the comics industry. These comics are all written by Janelle Asselin, edited by Anne Elizabeth Moore, and drawn by six great artists. Our first two comics in the series were a rundown of how to talk about comics and the history of lady-centric comics.
Today's strip looks at how content issues can limit female or trans readership. It features a cat named Snips!
The Ladydrawers Comics Collective (AKA “The Ladydrawers”) is an unofficially affiliated group of women, men, transgender, and non-binary gender folk who research, perform, and publish comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large. We're doing another series at Truthout called "Our Fashion Year," finishing up our documentary Comics Undressed, and travelling the world talking about gender and race diversity in comics. You can send us samples of your work or look over the Don't Be a Dick artist's roster.
Related Reading: Three New Comics Featuring Great Female Characters.
SOURCES: Statistics on women working behind the scenes at Marvel and DC are via Tim Hanley. The article “So What Kind of Person Buys a ‘Torture Variant’ Cover Anyway?” was published in August 2013 on Comics Beat.
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