If we divide the world of comics – just one of many forms of media – by what companies are releasing what works, some disturbing trends emerge. In this installment of Ladydrawers, we can begin to put together one reason so much of the industry seems dominated by men – in terms of labor, at least, it is.
Is it a vicious circle, most evident in the outfits worn by big-buxomed super heroines in an endless array of licensed titles? A sheer accident, an oversight on the part of one small, but influential, group of publishers? Or, as our previous Ladydrawers installment hinted, a well-planned conspiracy? You’ll have to judge for yourself in this piece by Lucy Knisley and Anne Elizabeth Moore.
In coming weeks, we’ll break down more statistics by publishers. It’s certainly not the only way to look at gender bias, but it is a start.
Ladydrawers, a semimonthly comics collaboration, investigates the causes and outcomes of gender bias in the media and in the comics world, and the impact that these dynamics have in both realms.