Women Are Slowly Taking Over Marvel Comics
Sexism runs depressingly rampant in the comic-book industry. (Don't even get us started on gamer culture.) But it was hard to not feel hopeful at Sunday's "Women of Marvel" panel, in which almost 20 ladies who write, draw and edit comics gathered onstage to talk about the future. Among them were Kelly Sue DeConnick and G. Willow Wilson, who are responsible for current superheroine titles Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel, respectively. The tone of the panel was downright evangelical, encouraging women to get more involved in the comics world and help turn the tables. DeConnick had a rousing message for any would-be female creators in the audience: "You need to start. You need to start now. Be brave. Do it." In the meantime, there are more by-ladies-starring-ladies titles in the offing, including a series about green-skinned assassin Gamora by Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman, and a Black Widow YA novel penned by Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures).