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Female Comic Book Characters and What They Mean to Comics

Author: Virgil The Stroyteller

Early female comic book characters were limited to supporting roles or used as damsels in distress. They were the Lois Lanes and Lana Langs; characters that mattered to a certain extent, but not as much as the male leads. But since comics were primarily marketed to the male population, this was acceptable and expected.


With the role of women becoming more prominent in society in later years, though, more and more female comic book characters took on larger roles, like Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl. These women were not simply supporting characters, but lead characters who took a backseat to no one as they trail blazed the way for the future of female comic book characters.


In modern times, female comic book characters are as diverse and plentiful as their male counterparts. Whether in the superhero genre or various other genres, more and more women characters are seen every day. This is especially the case in Manga, the Japanese comic book form, and Anime, it’s television equal. The bulk of these stories are primarily targeted towards a female audience and thus feature lead female comic book characters like Cardcaptor Sakura.


Traditionally, superhero comics with female leads have been hard sells for whatever reason. Many heroines have had their own series only to be canceled after only a few issues. There are a few exceptions, though, like Birds of Prey, a DC Comics book that features a team of female comic book characters fighting crime, which has lasted well over 100 issues. And Marvel Comics’ Spider-Girl, featuring Spider-Man’s daughter, May Parker, which was saved from cancellation three times thanks to fan support.


In the early 2000s, Crossgen Comics also created several books with strong female leads, like Sojourn, Meridian and Crux, that forced other companies to take another look at their own female comic book characters. Today, Ms. Marvel and Catwoman are both doing well with their own titles, and Image’s Bomb Queen has had several mini-series and continues to carry a strong fan base. And when mentioned female comic book characters, one can’t forget Aspen Comics’ Aspen Matthews and her book Fathom, which became popular in the 90s and still has a strong following even though it’s not currently producing many issues.


The rise of strong female comic book characters, especially in superhero comics, is obviously intended to extend the audience beyond the typical target market, giving female readers something to relate to as well. And with female characters stepping up even in male dominated team books, like Emma Frost and Storm in the X-Men books, should comic companies continue to cater to this growing audience it should reach its goal. And more readers for comics is always a good thing for the medium.


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About the Author

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Comic Books And Original Comic Art

Author: Martin Toms

Comic books have been staple for the young and even the old for a several decades. It is amazing how these static drawings are able to make comic book characters come alive. There are superhero, action, romance and even touching human interest stories that dwell in the folded pages of a comic book. Comic books are immensely popular because they are able to bridge the divide between a book and a movie, between a narration and an actualization and between reality and fantasy. And they do so with ease and much more cost effectively than any film. For a few thousand dollars an artist can produce a high quality comic book or for under an hundred dollars he or she can create an online comic.

Fans may collect comics for enjoyment for reading the comics but many also do so as an investment. Either way, collectors are sure to take care of their comic books so that they can be preserved and enjoyed for years to come. Over the years collectors accumulate more and more comic books and can often build collections containing thousands of titles. One often collects the characters in comic books of which they can identify or admire. Thanks to comic collecting and comics influence in media, they have been able to pervade our lives and become an integral part of them.

Although the printed comic book is great for keeping our favorite comic stories with us forever, you can add a great new dimension to your love by collecting original comic book art. While a comic book is a cherished possession, an original piece of art is something very exclusive and unique. While there are literally thousands of copies available for each comic book, for every page of original comic art, there is only one in existence. By owning the original, oversized pages, you can see the immense skill of the artists that are involved; holding that in your own hand allows you to appreciate it even more.

Once you own a piece of an original comic art, your insight into comic books will become greater and so too will your love for them. Many collectors display the art at home, framed, just as they would display any other artwork. It gives a cool and refreshingly different look compared to the typical art that often decorates the walls.

Original comic art is not expensive and you can buy some of it for as little as ten dollars. You can learn more about original comic art at www.sketchmaven.com.


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About the Author
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Martin Toms has a long standing passion for original comic art. This passion is reflected in his commitment to the promotion of the art form by building a platform where lovers of comic art can meet. You can learn more about original comic art at www.sketchmaven.com


Call for Diversity in Comics 2

I just wanted to share a few responses to Eric Powell's call for Diversity in Comics.

The creators of Art and Story mentioned the video and how knowing your comics history effects your craft. You can listen to the podcast here.

I have been following this great new site to help Comic Creators hone their craft. the site is called Comix Tribe. Last Monday a blog post was written in response to Eric Powell's call for Diversity in Comics. The blog post is here.

Here is another response to the video on Comic Book Resources. The article is by Jason Aaron and he provides his perspective on the video. He is a writer for Marvel. His perspective is here.


Ignite! Fort Lauderdale

Ignite at the Collide FactoryI attended the Ignite event last week in Fort Lauderdale. Ignite is an event that happens in various cities across the world. It spans about a week. Speakers are given 5 minutes and 20 slides to talk about their subject. It is a fast paced way to create discussion.

The theme of the Fort Lauderdale event was Creating a Creative Community in Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale has an budding art scene, however it is not as prominent as Miami's art scene.

There were many different ideas that were discussed by the speakers. Ideas about networking, cultivating a creative economy. There were examples for creatives reaching out into the community to build communication and trust with the public.

The most prominent idea that stuck in my mind was the idea that creativity is based on risk. Creativity thrives and is willing to take risks when surrounded and supported by a community that loves and supports it. This idea can be expanded from one's personal experience to any other area that we interact with.

It can start with our family and friends and extend into the workplace. Our interaction in social networking sites can also cultivate a space for sharing our gifts with those that love and support us. This support boosts confidence and allows us to take risks. Risks can lead to innovations and different levels of expression.

Artists are a critical part of the community. They create culture and taste. Artists have the special ability to respond to the cultural needs of the community. Together with the community that they interact with, artists can create real and lasting change.


Call for Diversity in Comics

Eric Powell created this video about the domination of the two biggest comic companies in the comics industry. The video describes what it is like for a independent comic book artist to have to work for the Big Two in order to make a somewhat decent living.The video is no longer available for public viewing and has been set to private on YouTube. There is a Facebook page for the ideas parented in the video.

I think Eric Powell has many important points in this video. I agree that we, as readers, should really open up and support independent comics. There are a lot of really good ones out there. Many comic shops have an independent section in their stores. One of the biggest local shops in my area has one. During my visit to that shop, I hardly see anyone perusing that section though. I understand why. With new comics coming out every Wednesday, a reader knows when a new issue is coming out. With an independent, you won't find out. Many of the independent comics are made by few people or even just one person. The print runs are small. The independent comics are usually sold on consignment in a comic shop. When an independent comics creator does not see product move on the shelf, it is really discouraging. Independent creators don't have assembly lines of artists and writers cranking out stories left and right, like the big companies.

Independent creators that truly care about comics and their craft strive to create a quality product that people enjoy. They are in comic conventions, selling their copies and talking about their love of comics. When someone buys their book, it's about sharing their stories with you and their love of comics. We can find independent comics through the smaller comics publishers, that keep a more regular schedule. Through special conventions dedicated to independent comics, like Up! Fair, APE, and Small Press Expo.

I am not advocating giving up reading books from the biggest comic publishers. I am advocating including independent books in your reading and collection. There are a lot of different genres out there and many entertaining stories. Some of the books have even won awards.

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