At San Diego Comic Con, one thing you couldn’t escape from at the DC panels was the issue of gender. Thanks to one woman (known as Kyrax2 on Twitter) dressed as the Stephanie Brown Batgirl who went to all of the panels to ask question, then follow up question, then follow up question, creating a narrative across the show, asking about the lack of female creators in the new DCU and the lack of prominent independent female characters, something snapped. By the the last panel, Dan DiDio seemed visibly frustrated – this was not the way the narrative was meant to go.
Because DC do have a history of publishing the work of female creators, and indeed have a relatively large female staff in the company, it’s just that for a relaunch, for one reason or another, they were hardly to be seen.
I understand that possibly during and definitely after the show, changes within DC Comics have been made. Female -friendly projects have been lined up to answer this very question. Because by New York Comic Con, no one wants a repeat performance.
We already knew there were other female-creator projects coming up from the DCU, including something by Nicola Scott, lined up for later this year/next year.
But I also have been told that certain female-focussed projects previously mothballed have now been revived and a numbr of female creators contacted as a direct result of the events at the panels of San Diego Comic Con, and Kyrax2’s repeated intervention.
Batgirl, take a bow. You’ve won.