Comics and Gender

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Comics
EditorsFrank Bramlett, Roy T. Cook, Aaron Meskin
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781315851334
ISBN (Print)9780415729000
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2016


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