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Comics Without Superheroes and the Women Who Love Them

Tom Spurgeon’s essay Breaking a 26-Year Weekly Comics Buying Habit  tells the story of a devoted comic book reader who became disillusioned with mainstream comics and walked away. It comes down to three major points:

  1. Mainstream comics are a duopoly (Marvel, DC) distributed by a monopoly (Diamond)
  2. The duopoly produces superhero stories almost exclusively
  3. Superhero stories tend to –
    -retread storytelling devices (like angsty first-person captions)
    -repeat and reboot the same origin stories instead of growing the universe with risky new characters
    -move at a pace that’s too slow to maintain interest

My story might be entitled “Why I Never Started a 26-Year Weekly Comics Buying Habit,” because while these obstacles forced one man to an ultimate conclusion, for me they were a barrier to entry. I know that there are women who read and love superhero comics; I read their essays and their enthusiastic blogs, I listen to their podcasts and I interact with them online. I thank them for keeping us in the conversation. But as a woman who doesn’t read superhero comics, my experience may give some insight as to why the duopoly fails to capture so many female readers at a malleable age. Continue reading Comics Without Superheroes and the Women Who Love Them

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter