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Comics Are Great! 48 – Writing for Girls

March 13, 2012 by  
Filed under CAG Podcast, News, Podcasts

Is writing adventure fiction for girls really all that different than writing for other audiences? If so, can such a story be characterized? Tough questions, so this time I went to the best sources for answers! We’re joined by Dan Mishkin, co-creator of the legendary comics series Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld and Blue Devil (and co-organizer of the upcoming Kids Read Comics celebration at AADL), and Brianne Drouhard, animator, character designer, and storyboard artist whose credits include Teen Titans, Transformers: Animated, Batman: Brave and the Bold and the new DC Nation shorts. Along with Paul Storrie we try to get to the bottom of what differences, if any, can be found in storytelling created specifically for girls.

We’re joined later by Eli Neiburger of the Ann Arbor District Library for another round of book recommendations!

Links mentioned in this episode (thanks to Eric Klooster for collecting them!):

Comics and Book Recommendations:

Here’s the video from this episode’s live stream (audio player at the bottom of this post):

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Audio hosting provided by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. This episode was recorded live at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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2 Responses to “Comics Are Great! 48 – Writing for Girls”
  1. KB says:

    I found myself getting angry at this one a lot as I do when the issue of comics for girls comes up. I always feel like the people in these discussions are trying to erase me as a person.

    I am a girl and I LOVE Super Hero comics. I pretty much hate any attempt to ‘write for girls’. Everything mentioned as being something girls like boys like is flip flopped for me. I read X-men and one of my favorite characters is Juggernaut. I know I am not alone in this.

    Am I in a minority? Of course. Am I still going to hate every time someone speaks in absolutes about girls not liking Super Hero comics? Yes. Every time. I think it may be a factor in why girls don’t get into comics. Everyone tells them they shouldn’t because they are ‘for boys.’ Not to mention there are comics for young children from the big two that generally are gender neutral.

    Otherwise I do enjoy listening to this podcast and others while I’m working. I just felt like speaking up. I’ve tried to leave comments before but sometimes they don’t show up. So if this is my first I’m not always super negative.

    • Jerzy Drozd says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, KB. We did a follow-up discussion on the topic during CAG 50, and I hope we cleared up or addressed some of your concerns! At the very least, I know we concluded that it’s not a cut-and-dried topic.