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Spotlight at Worlds' End: Women in Comics

03/06/2017

June is upon us, so this means: a new spotlight at Worlds’ End! This month we’ll be seeing the arrival of Wonder Woman in her first ever solo film. But we want to take things a bit further and put the Wonder Women in de comic’s industry in the limelight.

These past years female creators and artists have been standing their ground and making a difference so it’s only natural that they get the praise they deserve. To keep things clear, we made a selection but if we missed any other great creators/artists, be sure to share them with us on our Facebook page!

G. Willow Wilson

Gwendolyn Willow Wilson is a Muslim American writer and creator of the latest incarnation of Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan. Her creation is to this day one of Marvel’s most popular new superheroes and was a starting point for change in Marvel’s line-up to include more diversity.

Recommended reads of G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick is an American writer and editor and English language adapter of Manga. She’s mostly known for het creator-owned comic series Pretty Deadly, where she got a Eisner nomination for, and Bitch Planet.  She’s married to fellow comic book writer Matt Fraction and has a high interest in feminism, which unsurprisingly bleeds through in her work in Bitch Planet. A comic notable for the strong female characters.

Recommended reads of Kelly Sue DeConnick: Bitch Planet Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Fiona Staples

Fiona Staples is a Canadian artists mostly known for her work in North 40, DV8: Gods and Monsters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Archie, and Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga. She started out scanning traditional drawings editing them in Photoshop later. In 2015 Staples was voted #1 comic book artist in the industry by Comic Book Resources

Recommended read of Kelly Sue DeConnick: Saga Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Amanda Conner

Amanda Conner is an American writer, artist and illustrator. She’s one of the more experienced female artists in our list as she started working for Archie Comics & Marvel Comics in the late 80’s. Starting in the 2000’s, she mainly works for DC Comics by delivering awesome work for Harley Quinn and Power Girl.

Recommended read of Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Gail Simone

Gail Simone is an American writer, best known for writing Birds of Prey and Batgirl. She started writing Batgirl in 2011 and was fired the very next year, only to be rehired after DC received backlash for this. She’s actually a hairdresser who studied theater in college! She founded a website called Women in Refrigerators, a site solely focused on female superheroes that are raped or murdered in comics purely as a plot device.

Recommended read of Gail Simone: Red Sonja Vol. 1, Vol. 2 & Vol. 3

Sara Pichelli

Sara Pichelli is an Italian artists best known for illustrating Ultimate Spider-Man which introduced the beloved Miles Morales. She started her career in animation and through her work with IDW Publishing, she joined Marvel Comics in 2008. She won the 2011 Eagle Award for Favorite Newcomer Artist beating Rafael Albuquerque, Fiona Staples, Sean Murphy & Bryan Lee O’Malley

Recommended read of Sara Pichelli: Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2

Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu is best known for her creator-owned comic Monstress for which she was nominated for an Eisner Award. Monstress is an absolute must-read as it is a perfect example of exquisite world building and it doesn’t shy away from complex themes like feminism, racism and the effect of war.

Recommended read of Marjorie Liu: Monstress Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Joëlle Jones

Joëlle Jones is an American artist best known for Lady Killer, a Dexter-like story of a seemingly innocent housewife with a double life as a hired assassin. She also did some work for Marvel, illustrating for Mockingbird, Spider-Woman, Scarlet With & Ms. Marvel. She received several Eisner nominations for her work for Lady Killer. 

Recommended read of Joëlle Jones: Lady Killer 

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