Comics versus women.

/Comics versus women.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Marvel is doing some really, really good things right now on the diversity front; we’re seeing a lot more female characters, and characters of colour, and queer characters taking more prominent roles in titles. Titles that don’t revolve solely around their gender/ethnicity/sexuality/whatever, even. So good work Marvel A++ keep it up.

The problem–with a few exceptions, e.g. DeConnick’s Captain Marvel–is that, the industry being what it is, these titles are still mostly getting written by straight white cis men. And, yanno. Some of my favourite comics are written by straight white cis men, but…

But.

Writing diverse stories to shift copy is one thing. Actually doing the gruntwork of hiring diverse writers and artists and editors to tell those stories is something else entirely. And, in this game, walking the walk matters just as much as–if not more than–talking the talk.

Don’t shoot yourself in the foot with your hiring practices, is what I’m saying.

2017-07-17T10:46:56+00:00 29th December, 2013|Tags: comics, marvel, pop culture|1 Comment

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  1. xmenxpert 29th December, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’d definitely love to see Marvel bring in more diverse writers. They’ve got DeConnick on Captain Marvel and Assemble (and doing an awesome job on both), they had Kathryn Immonen on Journey Into Mystery, Marjorie Liu on Astonishing X-Men (and other stuff before that). But it’s been a long time since they’ve had a black writer. And I don’t know that they’ve ever had a gay writer.

    As a straight cis white male, I want more writers who aren’t like me.

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