WE HEAR YOU
Friday, July 29th, 2011 By DC Comics’ Co-Publishers Over the past week we’ve heard from fans about a need for more women writers, artists and characters. We want you to know, first and foremost, that we hear you and take your concerns very seriously.
We’ve been very fortunate in recent years to have fan favorite creators like Gail Simone, Amy Reeder, Felicia Henderson, Fiona Staples, Amanda Connor, G. Willow Wilson and Nicola Scott write and draw the adventures of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.
DC Comics is the home of a pantheon of remarkable, iconic women characters like Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman and Supergirl as well as fan favorite characters like Black Canary, Katana, Mera and Starfire. We’re committed to telling diverse stories with a diverse point of view. We want these adventures to resonate in the real world, reflecting the experiences of our diverse readership. Can we improve on that? We always can—and aim to.
We’ll have exciting news about new projects with women creators in the coming months and will be making those announcements closer to publication. Many of the above creators will be working on new projects, as we continue to tell the ongoing adventures of our characters. We know there are dozens of other women creators and we welcome the opportunity to work with them.
Our recent announcements have generated much attention and discussion and we welcome that dialogue.
Best- Jim Lee & Dan DiDio
DC Entertainment Co-Publishers
Official announcement, huh.
This is nice, but pretty much the bare minimum, if that. What I’d like to see that’s missing here:
1. Across-the-board attention to all kinds of minorities, not just women. It’s great that we’re getting more female creators, but what about chromatic creators, creators with disabilities, etc? (NOT that female creators can’t also be chromatic/have disabilities/etc! I mean in terms of DC doing deliberate outreach to more than just one minority group.)
2. An apology for Didio’s unwarranted hostility and aggression towards fans daring to ask questions at a fan convention, and communication training for the higher-ups and/or a revamp of their PR department. The way Didio talked to fans at that convention is not an acceptable way for someone to talk to ANYONE, much less a co-publisher talking to customers loyal enough and invested enough to attend a convention and go to panels.
And, of course, we’ll have to see if they actually follow up on this resolution at all. If and when they do, props to them for listening to their audience!