Very cool. I was never a big comic book reader, but I am a huge fan of Persepolis. And while the graphic novel marketers are obviously targeting teenage girls for one reason, they do seem to be respecting their intelligence:
Teenage girls, Ms. Berger said, are smart and sophisticated and “about more than going out with the cute guy. This line of books gives them something to read that honors that intelligence and assertiveness and that individuality.”
Comics by women for girls also break the “comic book babe” stereotype of the super-busty scantily-clothed illustrated woman.
The right creative team is important. “When you had mostly boys and men making comics, you had comics made mainly for boys and men,” said Johanna Draper Carlson, the editor of comicsworthreading.com, a Web site for comic book news and reviews. “Then you end up with teen-girl superheroes who are drawn like Victoria’s Secret models.”
“I don’t think only women can write for women,” Ms. Carlson added, “but I think it helps provide an alternative perspective and a more true-to-life experience.” Ms. Carlson, who often champions female-friendly comics on her site, is taking a wait-and-see attitude to the Minx line.
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Any self-identified comic book nerds wanna weigh in?