On Sunday, the unofficial queen of comics, Kelly Sue DeConnick, put out a call for women artists under the hashtag #VisibleWomen…
Women comic book artists who'd like a signal boost, tweet me yr portfolio links today/tomorrow & I'll RT. #VisibleWomen
— Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue) March 6, 2016
…and by Monday, hundreds of artists had responded with links to their comics and portfolios. Though DeConnick had to stop retweeting around noon on Monday, many creators have continued to boost the hashtag and share their work. Some folks have even used it as an opportunity to seek out new talent or find partners for creative projects.
Points of #VisibleWomen: to disabuse folks of the notion that women comic artists are rare, to get eyes on said artists & to get them work.
— Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue) March 7, 2016
Guys, I cannot stress enough how incredible it is that a force as powerful within the community as Kelly Sue is going out of her way to promote the work of women in comics, especially that of independent and lesser known creators. As was made clear by the nonsense of Angouleme, people somehow forget, or willfully ignore, the wealth of women who are making comics and have been for a long time. Let’s use this as an opportunity to make some noise, and make it harder for people to forget that we’re here.
DeConnick has said she might signal boost writers, letterers, colorists, and other comics professionals in the future, but probably not for a few more months. In the meantime, she has encouraged anyone following the hashtag to keep it alive. Here are some suggestions on how to continue using #VisibleWomen:
- Share the artwork of your favorite women artists and cartoonists (with credit, of course)
- Boost your favorite women writers, letterers, colorists, and editors
- When you give money to the Kickstarter or Patreon of a female creator, share it and encourage others to support the projects you love
- Discover new comics by women
- Publishers and editors: read this thread and be amazed at all the incredible women making comics. Then hire them.
- Talk at length about your favorite comics by women
- Support queer women
- Support women of color
- Support trans women
- Start a discussion about women in comics and the importance of diversity. Remind everyone that the voices of women everywhere deserve to be heard.
I wanna see this go viral. I wanna see people who aren’t even that invested in the comics industry to be talking about this. I wanna ensure that anyone who suggests that women aren’t active in the comics community is swiftly proven otherwise by this wonderful thread of talented women.
For more women in comics:
The House of Illustration in London is hosting the largest exhibition of female comic creators in the UK. “Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics” exhibits the work of women artists from 23 different countries, and will be on display until May 15.
This week I fell in love with Olivia Huynh’s art and animation. Especially her dog stealing gifs.