Women make up 47 percent of comic book readers, but still make up only 29 percent of DC characters and 24 percent of Marvel characters. Futhermore, women rank consistently in the minority as creators at major comic publishers. Female comic creators deserve better, and comic readers need to be introduced to these creators. ComiqueCon celebrates the work of female comic creators, introduces readers to amazing female artists and highlights the need to continue increasing representation of women in comics. Conceived as a one-day convention, ComiqueCon will feature panels, workshops, vendors, and entertainment from the top creators in the comics industry.
ComiqueCon has partnered with Green Brain Comics and the Arab American National Museum to host this convention. These two local, well-established organizations are providing our venue and our connection to professional comic creators. So far, we have six panelists signed on. These include Mairghread Scott, one of the creators behind Transformers, and Leila Abdelrazaq, author of Baddawi, which recounts her father’s experience in a Palestinian refugee camp. The growing popularity of women characters and the steady increase in female comic creators reflects both a diversified audience while simultaneously broadening the appeal of this unique approach to story-telling.
The convention will hold something for everyone, including families. Workshops will give attendees a chance to create their own comic book or make their own superhero mask. The panels will be held throughout the day, presenting topics ranging from the changing role of gender in comic protagonists to how to break into the comic industry. Local businesses and organizations will also have ample representation as vendors.
Join us in making our inaugural convention a success. With your help, we will host an engaging event that will introduce to some and further develop for others a broader discussion about the changing face of women in comics.
Funded by Detroit, MI (April 2015)