Gender and comics is a huge and complex field, so this essay can only flag up a few key themes: first, representation within comics, something that varies according to genre; second, gender and audience, again, this varies according to historical period, geographical location and genre; finally, creators and gender. Historically, the medium has, in English-speaking countries, been seen as dominated by male creators. The issue of creators and gender is further complicated in relation to genre, as we shall see. These issues tend to be intertwined, in that many of the debates link the depiction of female characters with a supposed, or intended, impact upon readers. Here, ideas about media effects, and sometimes moral panics, link with comics and gender.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion to Comics|
|Editors||Frank Bramlett, Roy T. Cook, Aaron Meskin|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Jul 2016|