One of the things that has caught my eye in geek/comics media lately is the huge push being made to include more girls and women. More female characters, more female creators, more female readers.
Clearly, I am not a female creator (and I feel no itch to be), but I began my comics career with the thought that the industry foolishly excludes women. My first real effort at creating a comic was called “Masque of the Dragons,” an overly ambitious maxi-series that Matthew Filer and I worked on at the beginning of our friendship. We very deliberately chose a female lead character, and tried to give her a story that fit the archetype of a coming-of-age lead, without overburdening her with romantic entanglements. (Don’t get me wrong, romance was there, but the story was about navigating ALL of her relationships: parents, boyfriend, peers, etc.)
Ever since then, I’ve tried to create interesting female characters. It’s not for me to say how successful I’ve been; I do know that one of my best friends, the one that is almost TOO honest with me about my work, once told me I was a sexist writer, and that put a permanent eclipse on the light of my style.
All of this is to say, I wish you’d check out Rocket Queen and The Wrench. I haven’t created a lot of superheroes whole cloth, but Rocket Queen is one, and I am proud of her. Rocket Queen is only 12 years old, far too young to be dealing with the responsibilities of saving lives, but she’s trying because that’s what her parents do. Tragedy has made her hard to reach. Her relationship with the male lead, The Wrench, is complicated, and I hope it’s funny, poignant, and authentic.
The comics are only $0.99 per issue. I’m aiming it at ALL readers of ALL ages and ALL genders, and I want it to be easy to acquire.
Frankly, I’d like you to buy and read my comics and LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. I’m really trying to do something here, not just for my career, but for ME as a person and as a creator. Ramanda Kamarga, Rainer Petter,Garry Henderson and Jacob Bascle are doing the kind of work that makes me look more talented than I think I am. But the “women in comics” stuff is personal. That’s all me.
Let us know how we’re doing. And let ME know how I’M doing.