The comic medium consists of so many different formats and genres, ranging from the aforementioned superhero books and Sunday funnies to webcomics and long-form graphic novels. Despite the various variations within the comic book industry at large, most would consider it to be overrun by men, both as creators and fans. However, there have been so many amazing, talented women involved in comics that, for some reason, haven’t garnered the same type of recognition that most other male comic book icons have.
She Makes Comics is a documentary directed by Marisa Stotter that will hopefully turn the tide a bit and shed light on the importance of women in comics, dating back to the early days of the industry to the present. As somebody who has been reading comics for the majority of my life (from the typical superhero books to independent, alternative graphic novels), I can see the importance of a documentary like She Makes Comics, and I hope it will show a different side to the industry that isn’t just superheroes, fanboys, or comic book conventions that have painted comic book fandom in this light that, honestly, is so much more than what mainstream media has portrayed, not only in regards to tone, but in also clearing up the perception that comics are just a guy thing.
If you’re as passionate about comic books as I am, interested in educational documentaries, or simply want to show support, there is an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for She Makes Comics that ends in about a week’s time from the point this post gets published. There are some amazing rewards being offered for supporters, including an exclusive illustration from the very talented and Chicago-based artist, Jill Thompson! The documentary isn’t scheduled to be released until January 2015, so it’ll be awhile until your pledges come to fruition, but I definitely think they’ll be worth the wait.