On Wednesdays We Wear Ink: Finding the 'I' in 'TEAM' - Minority Representation In Team Comics
January 28, 2015
by Andy Waterfield
On Wednesdays We Wear Ink is a weekly column about comics and comics culture. For past columns, click here.
Mainstream comics, like most of popular culture in the anglophone world, cater predominantly to affluent heterosexual, cisgender, white people. The affluent part is easy to justify, at least from a business perspective. Media companies (public service broadcasters notwithstanding) are businesses, after all, not charities, so why wouldn’t they aim their content at people with plenty of disposable income? The heteronormative and white-centric bent is harder to square, and I would argue impossible, without acknowledging the strong bias within dominant cultural narratives to consider heterosexuality, cisgender, and whiteness a kind of default position, where all variance from that position is some kind of peculiar outlier, as opposed to the product of natural variation across our species.