In the world of comics, it’s not uncommon to wander across sexism, stereotypes, and objectification. In fact, these subjects seem to come up so often that it’s sometimes easy forget the hard work of the lovely men and women who are striving to make the medium a safer, more inclusive place.
I’d like to take a moment to highlight a few of my favorites:
Cucumber Quest is a very cute, very funny tale of two siblings out to save the world. Its premise may seem familiar at first, but don’t be fooled. Cucumber Quest has a wicked subversive streak that reveals itself as the story progresses.
There aren’t nearly enough women of science depicted in fiction, but Dresden Kodak certainly has that covered. In my opinion, the currently in-progress “Dark Science” arc is where Dresden Kodak shines its brightest, making it a good place to start.
Lackadaisy is a long time favorite of mine, and for good reason. It’s the impeccably written story of a rag-tag team of 1920’s bootleggers that you can’t help but root for. The fact that’s everyone is a cat is just icing on the cake.
Awful Hospital tells the story of a woman trying to locate her extremely ill infant son in a surreal and often gruesome medical facility. It’s author has handed over control of Awful Hospital’s protagonist to its readers, so If you want to make your mark on the story, now’s the time.
Cute and (mostly) lighthearted, The Bug Pond follows the antics of a miniature community of insect and arachnid characters. The cast includes jumping spiders, katydids, silverfish, and earwigs, but personally I have a soft spot for the carpenter ant girls.
Imago is the story of a girl from a nearly extinct, mask-wearing desert tribe, who stumbles across a mechanical giant in the woods. In the interest of full disclosure, Imago is my own work, but I hope you’ll check it out. Imago was intended as a story that could be enjoyed regardless of gender, but I’ve always hoped it might find a place in the hearts of girls and young women in particular.
I know for a fact that every author featured here cares deeply about the portrayal of women in media, and have created stories that reflect that. I sincerely hope you’ll take a moment to share their work with others.
Because, you see, now monsters are hanging out and having fun in the real world, seeing the sights and doing all the other touristy things they never got to do before. Or in the case of Paris, just being weird and nihilistic, which I think is what you do there?
The Last Halloween: Book 1 follows Mona, a ten year old girl, on one very horrible Halloween night in which billions of monsters spill over into the human world. It is up to Mona and her strange friends to stop these monsters from destroying civilization and killing every human on Earth, but unfortunately, they are not very good at it, and this may be… The Last Halloween.
October 31st 12:00am: *smashing through your window*boYS AND GIRLS OF EVERY AGE, WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING STRANGE
*running through your house* COME WITH US AND YOU WILL SEE THIS, OUR TOWN OF HALLOWEEN
*fleeing through your back door* THIS IS HALLOWEEN THIS IS HALLOWEEN, PUMPKINS SCREAM IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
*hiding in the forest from the police* *whispering* this is halloween everybody make a scene trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright, its our town everybody scream, in this town of halloween