Meredith Gran of Octopus Pie posted this page of “pencils” she did and challenged people to ink it. It was a nice warmup. I used ArtRage for this because I like the way it looks even though I rarely use it for drawing my own comics.
So that said, here it is. My sincere thoughts on how to promote the presence of women in comics:
Pay them. No, seriously. Pay them with money.
I bring this up because I’ve seen a lot of recent attempts by well-meaning people to highlight the works of women. Anthologies, convention spotlights, blogs, interviews, charities, and special events all dedicated to the cause of promoting women in comics. And I think it’s wonderful that people want to organize and discuss these things. I think it’s wonderful that we want to raise awareness.
But awareness only goes so far. Tons of young women already want to - and are good enough - to work in comics. Tons of them are already doing their own thing in the self-publishing world. Many of my friends are releasing graphic novels to rave reviews and impressive sales. Conventions are jam-packed with women. It’s not a question of awareness. It’s a question of who’s getting paid.
Frankly, there’s no amount of awareness that can pay the artist to be an artist. Asking female creators to donate their time and efforts for non-paying projects is, at best, ineffectual to the cause. There is no pedestal flattering enough, no validation tangible enough, to outvalue a month’s worth of rent. And that’s what we want - for underrepresented artists to pay their rent, so we can see more incredible art from them.
Well worth a read, very interesting.