Marvel held a "Women of Marvel Panel" at San Diego Comic-con in (must... resist... kitchen... joke) Room 5. The panel was about the women in Marvel, both characters and real life (they exist!).
Forming the panel were: moderator Jeanine Schaefer (editor), Sana Amanat (editor), Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer), Marjorie Liu (writer), Janet K. Lee (artist), and Judy Stephens (photographer).
Sex talk ensued.
Source: SDCC 2012: Liveblog Central
Schaefer mentioned the talks they had wondering if they should even have the panel and if it would pigeonhole women, the gender of the reader or staff doesn't really come in to play. Lee pointed out that many women do work at Marvel, but are often not visible to fans.
They also talked about women being an important market to Marvel, and that the company wouldn't want to leave that money uncollected. DeConnick remarked that DC's Bat titles have a strong female following and that she wants to steal those readers. Asked about how they found comics, there was no one common story.
The women on the panel did not seem to have an issue with the sexualization of women in comics. What they did have an issue with, though, is if the sexual aspect was the only feature of the character. DeConnick has a "sexy lamp" test: "Can the woman in your story be replaced by a sexy lamp? If the answer is yes, then you are a hack." There were other questions/discussions about "scantily clad" heroines at the panel.
There was a bunch of discussion around (Carol Danvers) Captain Marvel, how the costume was conceived, and her character as she will be headling her own book.
When asked about why there aren't more titles featuring women from Marvel, the panel pointed out that there team books led by women such as Ultimate X-Men, X-Men Legacy, and (Wood's) X-Men. Also, AVX is centered around two female characters, Hope and Scarlet Witch. Marvel does not want to do a female related book, or any book, just to do it. Some of the idea that there aren't enough female stories may be perception, as there are multiple team books either led by or composed entirely of female characters. However, the panel agreed that comic book companies significantly underestimate the size of the female fan base.
DeConnick says that Monica Rambeau will show up in the Captain Marvel and hopes that Anya Corazon (Spider-Girl) will show up too.
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