(My heart is layers of scar.)
(it’s been 48 hours. my heart is almost certainly dead already.)
Today I witnessed something amazing. Almost in stark contrast to yesterday, today I saw tangible impact of lady-representation in comics.
At the bookstore I work at, we have a dedicated Adventure Time section. This family came in and those kids were SO EXCITED to see their favourite characters in comics. I talked them through each OGN and series compilation, explaining what they all were and in what order they should be read, and this little girl’s entire life was changed. You could see it on her face.
The moment I mentioned Kate Leth (and that, yes, she is a girl.) this little girl’s face lit up like Christmas morning. I don’t know if it just never occurred to her that girls can work in comics but the excitement and wonder that left the store in her was a privilege to see. I ended up selling them the Fionna & Cake’s, all the OGN’s, and an AT doodle book. She left begging her dad to help her learn how to draw Marceline comics. (And he was happy to comply!)
Kate Leth has left an everlasting impression on this little girl just by existing and working in the industry. I honestly hope to someday be able to see such an impact on someone from my own work. Ladies in comics is important. The representation on the page, and behind them, is important. Having a reflection of yourself in the content you enjoy is important. I hope that little girl grows up to be a famous comic author someday.
It was a very good day.
I love stories like this!
This is also a perfect example of why licenses, particularly of all ages and kids properties, are so important to growing the comics industry.
we all need some knitting punks on our dash.
:) love it!
this is relevant to my life
Knitting is Punk Rock.
I really truly believed that fat women who loved their bodies were magical creatures who had been unscathed by the culture’s prohibitive body expectations. I thought they were like magical unicorns with cryptic gifts. It turned out when I began to read their stories that this was so far from the truth. Women who love themselves despite the culture’s self-hate imperative are very brave and very strong and have had so many of the heart-breaking struggles I had but they’ve chosen to fight back. It turned out that they were actually magical but for totally different reasons than those I’d originally imagined.
Ana Ho Bellydance Duet by Caroline Labrie and Anne-Marie Hamel