Via Publishers’ Weekly’s The Beat:
A few months ago Marvel announced that 2010 would see a big push for some events built around women — as characters, as creators, and as readers. Here’s one of the first projects out of the box, GIRL COMICS, a three-issue anthology miniseries much in the spirit of STRANGE TALES, featuring comics created exclusively BY women. And that means writing, lettering, drawing — everything.Contributors include Kathryn Immonen, Marjorie Liu, Devin Grayson, Ann Nocenti, Trina Robbins, G. Willow Wilson, Stephanie Buscema, Amanda Conner, Jill Thompson, Louise Simonson, Valerie D’Orazio, Colleen Coover, Molly Crabapple, Nikki Cook, Ming Doyle, Abby Denson, and Carla Speed McNeil. The book is edited by Jeanine Schaefer, and we’re happy to debut the cover of the first issue, by Amanda Conner, colored by Laura Martin.
I can’t say anything about any of the contributors listed. The only names in comics I know are the blockbuster indie stars, and all male; Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, Bill Williangham, and of course, Joss Whedon (and the latter I don’t know by his comics work. I picked up like two copies of Buffy Season 8 before the shame of buying comic books overwhelmed me.). So I cannot speak to how or if women creators were selected on a meritocratic basis from the female-creator pool.
If the best female creators weren’t picked, is the whole undertaking a stunt condescending to women? Or do female fans and creators, underrepresented in the comics community, need the publicity boost as a means of advancement?