What are some of the most effective ways for people to support women in the comics industry?
The Best way to support women in comics is to Buy their books! Share their projects. Tell them what you think of their work. Every little bit helps. I spend a lot of time sitting at home because of the nature of my work. It’s only at conventions that I realize people are moved by it. That’s important to me. It lets me know what I’m doing is really making a difference.
First of all, thank you for asking this question. It is a beautiful question and makes me very happy!
The comic book industry functions in many ways like most other
adapting itself to meet the demands of its customers. The more
people buy work from female creators, the more leverage and inherent value they
will have in dealing with publishers. Real empowerment in the comic
industry comes from having real fans and being able to guarantee certain sales
numbers when a product is distributed in the marketplace. This is why
social media has become so important over the last decade – it is how creators
communicate directly with their readers, often urging them to buy the books
they are creating. You should know that anytime you buy something that is
made by a female creator, or that features a positive female character, you are
voting with your dollars – and telling the publisher that they should keep
hiring that creator and making that product. These same principles apply
to supporting female run Kickstarters, buying from female creators at
conventions, and showing up at special signings and events that honor those
women. If you can’t afford to buy all the things you love and support, I
would suggest following those creators on social media and retweeting and
reposting their announcements to help increase the likelihood of other people
supporting them. Thank you for supporting female creators!