Kapow!, no women

I got an email from a regular commentator on my blog pointing me to the new comic book convention that Mark Millar is organising this coming April in the UK called Kapow! ComicCon. He hinted that I might discover something missing from the event.

Well, yes the omission is pretty glaring to me: not one woman among the forty guests.

This is strange. It’s not like there are no top-class women working in comics. Anyone who suggests otherwise is not paying attention.

For instance, I’d recommend reading the excellent ‘She Has No Head‘ column by Kelly Thompson on Comic Book Resources for plenty of examples of the fine work women are doing in comic books these days. At the end of 2010 Kelly offered a two-part article on ’20 Favourite Female Creators of 2010’ (part 1 and part 2). Here’s Kelly’s list:

  1. KATE BEATON
  2. REBEKAH ISAACS
  3. BECKY CLOONAN
  4. AMY REEDER
  5. JILL THOMPSON
  6. GAIL SIMONE
  7. FAITH ERIN HICKS
  8. KATHRYN IMMONEN
  9. EMILY CARROLL
  10. AMANDA CONNER
  11. HOPE LARSON
  12. LINDA MEDLEY
  13. FIONA STAPLES
  14. COLLEEN COOVER
  15. RAINA TELGMEIER
  16. LUCY KNISLEY
  17. SARAH GLIDDEN
  18. KATIE COOK
  19. JEN VAN METER
  20. NICOLA SCOTT

This is just a list of Kelly’s favourites for 2010, there are many more women working in the field. Other great resources to check online that give a women’s perspective on the field is the 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast, also on CBR, which features Kelly, Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass, and Maddy from When Fangirls Attack!. And there’s the long-running, glorious Sequential Tart.

I’m not denying the talent of the guests at the Kapow! convention, in fact it’s an impressive line-up, and Millar deserves kudos for organising such an event in the UK.

Still, I’m surprised that no women rated high enough with the Kapow! team to earn a spot among the vaunted forty. Perhaps, this is a on-going issue with comic book conventions? Maybe those who attend comic-specific conventions could offer their insights?

Further blog posts on this issue: