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She Makes Comics: Female Authorship and the Truth About Women in Comics

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Cropped stills from director Marisa Stotter's documentary film, She Makes Comics.

 

Director Marisa Stotter's recent documentary film She Makes Comics is fast gaining a name for itself within the comics community. The film opens the lid on the history of both female comics creators and their unvalidated contribution to what has previously been credited as a predominantly male-market art form. The film sheds light on lesser-known facts relating to the history of comics, one of which includes that comic book readership in the 1950s was predominantly female before the advent and domination of the market by superhero comics. Interestingly, the documentary is not only limited to creatorship and documents the use of cosplay by women as one of the few entry points into participation in commercial comic book fandom.  Bitch Media journalist Samantha Maldonado writes:

 

One of the things that struck me was how tightly edited the documentary was, and so even with a diverse group of people informing the work, there seemed to be a cohesive and coherent singular narrative about the history of women in comics and the comics world generally.

 

Click here to watch the trailer and read the full article on Bitch Media by Samantha Maldonado.

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