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Marvel announces Black Widow solo comic, touts female-led books at NYCC

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Oct 7, 2018

The Women of Marvel podcast took the stage at New York Comic-Con to discuss the creative process, breaking into the business, a new Black Widow series, and everything Marvel. Hosts Sana Amanat and Judy Stephens started things off, and joining them were Kathleen Wisneski, Margaret Stohl, Leah Willams, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Jen Bartel.

The panel started with a look at the current and upcoming female-centric titles in the Marvel Universe. Shuri, Riri Williams: Iron Heart, Jessica Jones, and X-23 were among the titles shown. "We had one female-led title nine years ago, so it's amazing to see where we've come," said Sana as she looked at the screen.

They went on to focus on some individual titles, starting with Margaret Stohl's The Life of Captain Marvel. "This was a labor of love," she said, "The best thing about Marvel is that they focus on the human side of the superhuman [and that's what this series does with Carol]. "It's a great way to get to know Carol again, added Sana.

While it had been revealed earlier today by Bustle and Marvel, the crowd who weren't in the know yet were delighted to hear that Natasha Romanoff will not only be returning from the dead but will be starring in a new series written by Jen and Sylvia Soska with art by Flaviano. Here is a look at the cover to issue 1.

Black Widow

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They moved on to talking about the process when creating, and the confidence needed to do so. Leah had been a part of comics fandom for a long time before breaking into the industry. She even wrote X-Men fan fiction. "I have a sense of confidence that I wouldn't typically have [coming from the fandom]. It's incredible that I went from writing X-Men fan fiction...to writing X-Men fan fiction but getting paid for it."

Artist Jen Bartel added that the use of social media in a positive way is an excellent tool in gaining a following. "It's a great tool in career building. I used to it connect with other artists. Now I use it for fans to ask for advice. I try to be as thorough as possible. It's a way to give back."

Sana had one final thought for the audience. They showed a plethora of new and current comics that are being released. The way that can continue is if people share it with others. "Share these with as many people as you can. Let them know that women like these comics and characters."

You can find The Women of Marvel Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Marvel.com

Click here for SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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