Sci-fi’s leading female creators talk about their women

Cook talked about being a female comic book artist for an audience that thinks women don’t create comics. "You already have amazing female comic book creators. People like Gail Simone and Amanda Conner are making people who are reading comics, who are curmudgeons about women writing comics, think that these comics kick ass."

Writing female characters still seems to be a challenge for some comic book writers, though, because they’re used to writing one-dimensional women.

"A funny thing that was comics-related, happened with the Batwoman book," said Star Wars illustrator and out comic artist, Staggs. "I had talked to someone who was an editor at DC [comics]. They had just started developing it into what it was going to be. I would hear rumors that a lot of the writers didn’t want to write that book. I don’t know if it was because it was a female character or because it was a lesbian character, but they said they didn’t know how to write it. And I thought, ‘It’s Batman, change the pronoun.’ It’s basically the same character — dark and brooding. I just didn’t understand why that was so difficult."


"We’ve all been trained to write these women who have so few characteristics, [while] we write fully-dimensional men," Espenson added. "You can trick yourself into being a better writer by switching the gender and see what a fully-realized character looks like."

Read the rest of what the panel had to say and let us know what you think. Have women found their place in sci-fi yet? What draws you to a sci-fi or fantasy story? How do you like your fantasy women?

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