It seems that Batgirl’s San Diego Comic Con questions did not fall on deaf ears. In a statement on DC Comic’s Blog, The Source, Dan Dideo and Jim Lee wrote:

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

I am going to take them at their word. I’m glad they’re taking this issue seriously. This could be a real watershed moment for DC. I hope to see more diverse creator lineups from them in the near future.

Now if we could only do something about those godawful costumes. Seriously, I don’t think Starfire could wear any less. And Harley’s new costume… ugh.


  • http://lilomi.com/users/KaitouKyle KaitouKyle

    My only problem with their statement that I have is the part where they say dozens. There are at the very least thousands of talented women in the US alone. Not dozens, not even hundreds, thousands. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were more than that too. Even their press statement is sexist. DC = Douche Cocks.

  • http://ypcomic.com Jamie

    Oh man, I didn’t even catch that nuance. That’s a bit of a douchey thing to say.

    Well, hopefully, they’ll actually do something.

  • reynard61

    I’ll believe it only when they put together an all-female team to write, produce, etc. a comic or graphic novel that gets full corporate support and resources.

  • Nameless

    @reynard61,

    Not to be a jerk but I think that’s pretty silly. People should weighed on merit alone and excluding men is just as ignorant and short sighted as excluding women. It does nobody any good to repeat the cycle, the best thing to do is to fix the problem and go from that moment on.

  • http://cocktailchem.blogspot.com Jordan

    This seems like an appropriate spot for the totally awesome Gender Bent Justice League:

    http://blogs.laweekly.com/stylecouncil/2011/07/gender_bent_justice_league.php

  • http://lilomi.com/users/KaitouKyle KaitouKyle

    They could do blind reviews of peoples portfolios and choose entirely based on their bodies of work, but that would make sense and require time spent on the recruitment process. We all know that would be ludicrous!