Mar 5th Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are DC’s holy trinity of heroes, representing bright and shining justice, dark and brooding vengeance, and being a girl. And if you think that’s a little unbalanced, check out how many cinematic releases they’ve had.
New Animated Marvel Movie Stars Black Widow (And Features Captain Marvel too)
While some animated superhero comics don’t want you to know that a woman is in the lead, it seems Marvel doesn’t care.Marvel’s Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, out March 25, will have the two characters teaming up after Punisher is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. They’re up against a new terrorist organization called “Leviathan” that has been stealing S.H.I.E.L.D. tech.
The film also features, as seen above, the Captain Marvel version of Carol Danvers in her Jamie McKelvie costume.
While DC/WB wrings it hands about how “tricky” Wonder Woman is and other how they JUST HAVE TO GET HER RIGHT (because there are no mulligans for female heroes) Marvel has announced THEIR bad ass superhero goddess is dropping into prime time for a visit.
Marvel has announced that Jaime Alexander will appear on the show in February for role integral to the plot.
Wonder Woman is not a character like Bruce Wayne or Peter Parker, whose authors are beholden to unbreakable tenets of a core mythology. Murdered parents, a doomed planet, an estranged sidekick, a science experiment gone wrong — Wonder Woman is bound to nothing so discrete.
Wonder Woman is something more. An icon. A spirit. A totem. An elemental force of strength, beauty and majesty through which all manners of stories can be expressed, from the pioneering feminism of William Moulton Marsten’s original comics to the mythology-tinged superheroics of George Pérez in the 1980s to the dark urban fantasy of Azzarello and Chiang and to Valley’s very funny and stunning ’70s-styled badass. Narratively these visions have little in common. Aesthetically they have nothing in common. And yet they are all indelibly Wonder Woman.
What matters: A land of only women. A powerful princess. A man who needs her help.
What doesn’t matter: Everything else. Okay maybe an invisible vehicle matters.
Danica Williams - The Flash (Justice League Beyond)
The rest of the year went like a blur, and soon it was summer. My mind raced with the possibilities. Traveling, hanging out with friends and maybe a summer job. But my mentors had other plans for me. My education was about to begin. I was given a Speed Force crash course. Every Flash to wear the uniform, every rogue in the gallery, every strength and every weakness. They brought me up to speed, so to speak.