When more doors were opened for women in comics, the industry as a whole got better (though there's still plenty of room to grow and many more voices yet to be heard and artists to be seen). One of the women to have emerged over the last 10-15 years is writer Kelly Sue Deconnick, who not only elevated Marvel Comics mainstays like Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) and Norman Osborn (Osborn) to new heights, but co-created two excellent Image Comics genre mashups: the western-horror Pretty Deadly with Emmy Rios and the science fiction feminist-driven women-in-prison drama Bitch Planet (and its anthology spinoff, Bitch Planet: Triple Feature) with Valentine De Landro.
SYFY WIRE spoke with DeConnick in Portland, Oregon, to talk about triggered readers who lash out at her comics and fellow creators dubbed "social justice warriors" because they don't want their comics mixed with politics. Ironically, they often fail to remember that many of the comics they clench so tightly have a long tradition of featuring heroes who are SJWs.
"I sorry to break this to you, but Captain America is a social justice warrior!" DeConnick clapped back to her critics. "I know you mean that [term] as an insult, but that is the definition of what he is."
The idea that comics belonged to white males is a myth purported by the mainstream, though there has never been such a variety of inviting titles for all ages, all wakes, and all kinds as there is today. Comics and genres like science fiction, fantasy, and horror are great because they are so inclusive, that there's room for stories of all varieties, a wide range of themes, and, if desired, varying degrees of political overtones. As the landscape of creators widens, so too do the points of views and perspectives in comics. Creators like DeConnick may not be for everyone, but neither is anyone else. She invites new eyes to the medium, and that is significant and meaningful.
Contrary to some recent outcry, comics have long been political, but rather than raining down on someone else's party, DeConnick simply reminds those bothered by her politics to simply avoid buying her books. Everyone else? Be free to be "Non-Compliant."
Check out our interview and be sure to pick up Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #5, which was released today.
Additional reporting by Ernie Estrella.