Comics are for everyone. It may seem like an obvious statement, but unfortunately, it needs to be said over and over again. Though the comic readership is diverse, big publishing companies – like any other business – often ideate with target demographics in mind. Assuming the reader is a white male is the default, and while comics are for men, they’re also for women. They’re for all ages, shapes, sizes, and races. To see evidence of that, you only need to visit We Are Comics.
The site, started by writer and editor Rachel Edidin, is more of a campaign. The purpose is straightforward:
We Are Comics is a campaign to show—and celebrate—the faces of our community, our industry, and our culture; to promote the visibility of marginalized members of our population; and to stand in solidarity against harassment and abuse.
Because, yes, people get harassed in comics. One recent incident involved a woman receiving rape threats simply because she critiqued a comic book cover. That kind of harsh environment shouldn’t exist, and We Are Comics is place you can visit to see you are not alone. Submissions to the Tumblr include men and women, adults and children. It’s a diverse group, and it’s growing every day. Even comics publishers are showing support. BOOM! Studios made a video for We Are Comics, featuring their staff:
If you’re involved with comics in any way, shape, or form, you are comics. Whether you edit, illustrate, letter, market, sell or consume and interact with comics at all, you’re part of the industry, and it’s important to submit your voice to the chorus.