Dear Ashely, I really love your comics (I've been reading for almost two years now), and I think you handle diversity really well as an author. What are your thoughts on the Bechdel and DuVernay tests?
I’m not a huge fan of such things - at least not of the Bechdel test. It sets the standard too low.
At the end of the day, I don’t want to wag my finger in dudes’ faces and tell them to put real people in their work. If that’s not their artistic prerogative, you can’t twist their arm and expect them to change for you. I am very interested in sincere visions, and not visions that have been compromised by censors, even if it’s censorship or a change made in good faith, for reasons of diversity and inclusiveness. If the artist didn’t have it in him to do that to start with, I don’t want them made to add it. That’s pandering. That’s insincere. I’d rather know just who they are, what’s in their heart, what their intent is, so I know right off not to pay any attention to them.
We need more women and people of colour making movies, shows, and comics. That’s what I’m interested in. That’s fixing issues at their source.