I’ll admit, I’m a girl who loves comics. The thing is, I’ve never been short of knowing other women who loved them too. I’ve always had a girl working at my LCS, or a friend who shared my love of the medium. More than that, I’ve always had a heap of guy friends who got that I loved comics and never questioned it. From my older brother to boyfriends to friends, it was just how it was. I liked comics, and why was there any discussion as to what sex I was.
The thing is, not every girl has it that easy. Being a chick who loves comics can be hard. I know girls who go into comic shops and are dismissed and sneered at. It’s stupid and infantile and idiotic, but it happens. It’s one of the reasons I’m such a strong proponent for digital comics, and of getting comics to young girls. I think it’s a brilliant medium for story telling at all ages, and I would love to see it used more.
When I started cosplaying, I found an entirely different community. I’ve heard that in other places it’s hugely competitive, and that actually makes me a bit sad. Of course everyone wants to be the best at what they do, but what I’ve found here in Australia is a group of women who love comics, and who love costuming. We may cosplay the same character, but there’s a lot of support. More than that, I’ve discovered an amazing group of women. Women who love comics, who love the characters, and love being able to pay tribute to something in whatever way they can
I think this picture says it all. You have a group of women of all sizes and shapes who love what they’re doing. We’re dedicated to this, and we embrace what we love. Getting bitchy comments on photo posts we put up about body shape or size is frustrating and annoying, but we’re all friends and we support each other. Not only that, I like to think the creators who see us going out and putting ourselves out there are a bit proud of us doing so.
So, yes, haters and going to hate as they say, but it’s awesome to be part of community where the women who are so often marginalised bond together and say that we love this. We love comics, and we’re not going to change.