Though there are several well-rounded, kick-butt female characters in comics, we still have a long way to go. Women need more representation across the spectrum; Women come in every shape, size, build, and color, and those differences should be reflected in comics. At WonderCon, creators talked about the progress we’ve made and what still needs to be done in regards to putting more ladies in comics. James Robinson (Fantastic Four) moderated a panel that included Gail Simone (Batgirl), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), and Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
The panelists began the discussion by stating how they define a strong female character. Right off the bat, Burchett addressed the fact that strength is not only about physical characteristics. “Part of showing strength is showing a wide range of emotion.” It can be about martial arts skills, and that’s definitely the case with Buffy. Jeanty said at first it was challenging for him to see her get beat up, but once he realized she is more than capable of handling it and taking blows, he dove into that aspect of the story.
DeConnick then brought up the importance of giving women agency. Characters …read more