Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Support is crucial


Over the last couple of weeks I've been posting about women and minorities in comics and comic-based movies, and I under-emphasized a crucial thing: our support for the comics.  There are a number of new and recurring series featuring women and minorities in either starring or important supporting roles.  If you want these to continue, there's only one way: with your wallet.  If these books don't sell they'll be cancelled, and the ones that star that's immune to cancellation will be changed to de-emphasize the characters that are getting a chance to shine now.  In addition to Cap and Thor, here are some titles that need your financial support in order to show the companies that the stories are worth continuing.  Some sell very well, some don't.  Either way it's good to add to what they're bringing in every month.  So if buy comics and you're serious about more highlighting of women and minorities look towards these:

  • Marvel - Storm, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Ultimate Spider-Man, All-new Ultimates, all the X-men and Avenger titles, Iron Patriot


  • DC - Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Catwoman, Birds of Prey, Justice League, Justice League United, Justice League Dark, Supergirl, Batwing,Suicide Squad
This isn't a full list; there are other titles at the big two and from other companies that either star women or minorities or have them in prominent supporting roles.  As much as we need to keep pushing the companies to expand on these, it's important to remember that there is some material already there and that we need to support it.  At the end of the day what matters to these companies is dollars, not tweets or blog posts or Facebook status updates.  I made this same point in my WWE post after WrestleMania about Daniel Bryan.  If you want your underdog to get the chance they deserve, you have to back them up with dollars.

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