While the comic industry is still predominately male creators writing/illustrating predominately male characters, we have made huge strides in the last few yeas when it comes to female creators and characters and that’s something to celebrate! Today is International Women’s Day so what better time to honor some of the amazing female creators in the industry. Check out these incredibly badass female comic creators you need to know:
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Kelly Sue DeConnick
What can you say about Kelly Sue DeConnick? She’s one of the most successful comic creators around, and has launched a following of strong, confident women (and men) through the Carol Corps (Captain Marvel) and Non-Compliant (Bitch Planet).
She regularly supports the work of other women – in comics or otherwise (just check her twitter!), and is just an all around amazing comic writer. Her work is some of the most notable in the recent uprising that has tried to push the comics industry to be more representative of women and diversity (in characters and creators) and rightfully so – she was able to successfully transition Carol Danvers into Captain Marvel (a title that was previously assigned to a male character) a strong, confident, and intelligent leader, and her creator-owned work, Bitch Planet is a feminist’s dream.
Do yourself a favour and do two things – read any of Kelly Sue’s work, and follow her on tumblr and twitter. She posts some of the best stuff in support of women, and diversity. If you want to read more about Kelly Sue check out these great articles:
Kelly Thompson’s work on Jem and the Holograms alone has made her a force to be reckoned with as a female comic creator. She has created arguably one of the most inclusive comics out there right now by representing females, people of colour, and the LGBTQ+ community all within a single title. Not to mention, Jem is just an overall fantastic comic – it is incredibly fun but still manages to give serious issues the attention and representation they deserve.
Kelly also wrote the column She Has No Head for ComicBookResources which you can find here, where Kelly covers all kinds of great topics about ladies in comics and the industry.
You can read an interview with Kelly Thompson for Previews here.
Notable Works: Batgirl (of Burnside)
If being the first female ongoing artist for a Batman-related title isn’t enough to solidify Babs’ place as badass female comics creator then I don’t know what is. Her work on the “new Batgirl” resulted in a lot of media coverage for the latest run, due in part to the costume change – trading in Batgirl’s usual skin-tight leotard for a more modern and practical outfit consisting of a leather jacket, boots, pants and of course a cape and tool-belt.
After her work on Batgirl there is no doubt that she will continue to be a major player in the comics industry, and one of many fantastic female comic artists.
Emma Rios has made herself known by creating some of the most beautiful comics you’ve ever seen, and working on titles with some of the biggest names in comics like Kelly Sue DeConnick on Pretty Deadly and Greg Pak on Doctor Strange: Season One.
Perhaps its her experience in architecture, but the precision and detail that go into Emma’s work is incredible – it’s no wonder she was able to make the transition from the small community of comic creators in Spain to the American comic book industry.
I have no doubt that she will continue to make a name for herself as one of the best comic book artists out there, she truly has an amazing gift for storytelling through illustration.
If you want to read more about Emma Rios check out these articles:
Check Out More Badass Ladies in Comics:
G. Willow Wilson
Notable Works: Hark! A Vagrant
There are so many awesome female creators out there, these are just a few to check out. If you’re looking for more awesome female comic creators, female-led or diverse comics ask your local comic shop or you can tweet me for recommendations.
Happy International Women’s Day!