Let them eat pie! And the gender gap in comics.

I’ve been obsessing over feminist comics lately. And rightly so. Have you seen all of the amazing work out there? From WAM!er Jen Sorenson’s clever political statements over at Slow Poke comics, to the Adventure School for Ladies, the great anthology “Hand Job,” to the new webcomic Strong Female Protagonist, my list of favorites goes on and on (see the end of the post for more).

The Important Question by Liz Rush from Ladydrawers.

Why my recent hype? A few weeks ago, Nicole Boyett, Alex Dahm and WAM!er Anne Elizabeth Moore released their webcomic, “Who Gets the Pie?,” on Truthout.org. The strip asks why women and transgender comic creators are featured less than male comics. It shows that women and transgender people make up 46% of comic creators – and they submit their work at the same rates as men. That means publishers are featuring men more often. In some cases publishers may actually be soliciting men for their work, instead of taking submissions. Sound familiar? Just like we saw with op-ed journalism, men are published the most, regardless of submission rates and the actual portion of male creators that exist in the industry.

Liz Mason from Adventure School for Ladies.

To call attention to this gap, Boyett, Dahm, and Moore use the same medium from which women and transgender people are underrepresented. And their strip looks pretty amazing. Not to mention that it’s full of cool statistics from Moore’s affiliated project Ladydrawers, a collective that researches and publishes comics and texts about the impact of class, race, sexuality, and gender in the comics industry. If you’re looking for some great comics, you’ll find a number of artists featured on their website and tumblr.

If that isn’t enough to get your webcomic fix, Ladydrawers has an amazing collection listed of comics from various artists here. And Rachel McCarthy James over at Bitch has a series called Beyond the Panel, in which she interviews different feminist comic creators. You might also like the Hark, A Vagrant or the work of Jesse Harold. Pretty sweet, am I right?

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