Katie Couric’s Rise of the Female Superhero


At Yahoo! News, Katie Couric has a wonderful new report titled, “Rise of the Female Superhero.” The video is about 17 minutes long, and covers a wide range of topics. It’s great to see a high-profile journalist like Couric giving reach to topics that fangirls have been emphasizing recently:

With a fan base that’s now 47 percent female, the notion of comic book superheroes being a boys club is now a thing of the past. Publishers like Marvel, DC and Image have answered the demand for more female protagonists, and behind the pages, a new wave of female creators are giving these characters the presence they never had. From writers G. Willow Wilson and Kelly Sue DeConnick to artists like Babs Tarr, the comic book industry has never seemed so diverse.

As many eagerly wait for Hollywood to catch up to comicdom with upcoming films like “Captain Marvel” and “Wonder Woman,” and television shows like “Supergirl,” these comic book creators are ringing in a new golden age for the female superhero, and the world of crime fighting will never be the same.

Only a few years ago, DC Comic’s Dan Didio publicly dismissed the concerns of female fans; now he’s seen the positives that diversity in stories – and the audience – can bring to the industry. With Mockingjay Part 2 and The Force Awakens coming to theaters at the end of the year, hopefully the trend Couric is noting will only gain more momentum in the months . . . → Read More: Katie Couric’s Rise of the Female Superhero

Tricia Talks Marvel’s Princess Leia on Mos Eisley Comicport

Princess Leia #1 cover

Writing last week about Princess Leia and the context surrounding her character as an empowered female in storytelling resulted in some of the highest hits this site has seen. “Slave Leia Sells? Amy Schumer, Boy Toys and the Star Wars Fandom Double Standard” was tweeted by Bitch Media and acknowledged on Full of Sith. On that podcast, Bryan Young noted that Twitter user @tonks17’s motion to rebrand Slave Leia as Leia the Huttslayer had over 10,000 notes after it was posted on Tumblr. And despite the reported “ire” from Disney|Lucasfilm over the GQ cover, John Boyega noted on Instagram that he was finishing up a photo shoot for the magazine.

Prior to the Huttslayer attire controversy, I joined a fantastic group of women on Mos Eisley Comicport to discuss the conclusion of the Princess Leia miniseries from Marvel.

Today’s episode is a series wrap-up for Princess Leia, with some extremely special guests! Tricia Barr (Co-host of Fangirls Going Rogue, Co-Author of Ultimate Star Wars), Sarah Rodriguez (Author of Agent Carter: Season One Declassified, Co-Host of Woman Up! Podcast) Aarthi D (Co-Host of Back in the Field), and Kelsey Marquart (Editor-in-Chief of Nerdy But Flirty, StreamFriends Co-Host) chime in with their thoughts on Marvel’s first canon Star Wars miniseries!

Back in October 2014, FiveThirtyEight conducted a deep-dive statistical analysis into the gender composition of characters and creators in the comics from Marvel and DC. The number-crunching in “Comic Books Are Still Made By Men, For Men And About Men” reveals that . . . → Read More: Tricia Talks Marvel’s Princess Leia on Mos Eisley Comicport

Marvel’s Princess Leia #1 Begins Today

Today is the first issue of Marvel’s comic mini-series Princess Leia. . . . → Read More: Marvel’s Princess Leia #1 Begins Today

SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

Saga comic Volume 1 cover

Mary is inspired by one of the characters in SAGA and explains what captivated her. . . . → Read More: SAGA Read Along: Inspiring Characters

Legions of Leia Fans

Marvel Star Wars Princess Leia cover

Princess Leia inspires legions of fans to create and speak out. . . . → Read More: Legions of Leia Fans

Free Comic Book Day 2014

Steam Wars

Today is Free Comic Book Day. . . . → Read More: Free Comic Book Day 2014

“Wynter”: Cheering for a New Scifi Comics Heroine

“Wynter” is a new monthly comic book series from New Worlds Comics, with writer Guy Hasson and artist Aron Elekes. Mary writes that it’s a must-read for fans of SciFi and dystopian stories plus one of our top favorite themes here at FANgirl: strong female characters. . . . → Read More: “Wynter”: Cheering for a New Scifi Comics Heroine

Fangirls Around the Web: April 19, 2014


Fangirls Around the Web April 19, 2014 edition spotlights fangirls and their heroines. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: April 19, 2014

Women Illustrating Women: Indie Artist Kell Smith Draws Attention to New Female Comics Characters


Indie comics are bigger, better, and getting more of the market share than ever before, as evidenced by the rise of Image Comics. That means more opportunities for talented artists and writers to get their books to market, and hopefully, more diversity in the comics we will be reading.

Last December I interviewed Glenn Matchett, Executive Editor and Writer for GrayHaven Comics, about Issue 1 of his mystery series: Living With Death. In that book Glenn showed his enthusiasm for strong female lead characters by writing them incredibly well. Now, there is reason to cheer. A new and gutsy female stars in Glenn’s next book release.

“SPARKS” will be available from GrayHaven Comics during the first week of April. It is a “CSI-type” detective story that Glenn has been developing for more than a decade. As eager as he is to see this story in print, Glenn is genuinely thrilled to credit the realization of his long-time dream to young breakout artist/illustrator, Kell Smith. He feels that she has interpreted his SPARKS story so well, that he claims: “This is as much Kell’s project as it is mine.”

Since we love to see women succeed, I recently spoke with Kell about her artwork, her creative partnership with Glenn, and the development of this new book, to catch a glimpse of how she became, as Glenn puts it, “the reason SPARKS exists.”

“SPARKS” (GrayHaven Comics) Written by Glenn Matchett Illustrated by Kell Smith

Release Date: Early April . . . → Read More: Women Illustrating Women: Indie Artist Kell Smith Draws Attention to New Female Comics Characters

Mary Reviews “Sparks”: Written by Glenn Matchett and Illustrated by Kell Smith


Mary reviews “Sparks” from GrayHaven Comics . . . → Read More: Mary Reviews “Sparks”: Written by Glenn Matchett and Illustrated by Kell Smith