Are Women and Transgender Comic Artists Published Less Than Men? (Comic)
We cheered when Archie’s pal, Kevin Keller married his partner, jumped for joy when Marvel Comics’ gay Young Avengers shared their first kiss, and speculated when DC Comics announced a popular character would be reintroduced as gay (It was Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern).
I’m excited to see more pen and ink LGBT representation, but I still wonder about the real life creators behind these geek-tastic tales. Who are the creative masterminds responsible for our favorite toons, LGBT or not? Furthermore, who decides to publish them?
Truthout recently presented a comic (naturally) that begins to shine some light on the matter. They examine the gender of comic artists who submit work to publishers, and comic artists who actually get published. The statistics are interesting, and present good talking points regarding media representations of the LGBT community.
(Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission)
What do you think of these findings? Is content the only factor considered when work is submitted for publication? Can you list some of your favorite non-male comic artists off the top of your head?