In case you missed it, I want to tell you about this post from January 28 over at a blog titled, “How Did We Get Into This Mess?”

Read this:    Girls Read Comics Too! An Awesome Letter from Rowan, Age 11, to DC Comics.

It is in fact just what the title says, a copy of a letter from an 11-year-old girl to DC Comics, wherein she says:

I love superheroes and have been reading comics and watching superhero cartoons and movies since I was very young. I’m a girl, and I’m upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC.

She’s right. There definitely are NOT a lot of female superheroes, especially ones appropriate for younger girls.

There have been a couple of response posts on the Panels blog here and here that are both good reads. The second one makes some good recommendations on comics that are great for girls of all ages.

I’m not going to take up a lot of your time, because I want you to use it to read those three posts. I think the ‘preamble’ to the original post by David Perry encapsulates what so many of us think:

Marvel comics made a movie about a talking tree and a raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.

“Ant Man” is getting a movie before “Wonder Woman.” And then there’s the fact that “Wonder Woman” is one of just a handful of female superheroes that we can immediately summon when talking about the issue.

This quote from Jessica Plummer’s Panels post sums up the context around the frustration experienced by so many:

I can’t think of a single all-ages Wonder Woman comic – Wonder Woman, not the Justice League – published in the past few decades. That’s actively ridiculous. 

At this point, I think we need to put a lot of focus and emphasis on the “all ages” part. Because that’s when a love for comics begins, when one is a kid. As anyone who’s ever been in a comic book store will tell you, it’s not a place I would EVER take my small kids.

I don’t see the point in trying to give today’s comic book store a makeover. I think we need to work from outside the existing framework and create new comics and new ways to get comics for little kids and especially young girls.

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