Comics World Is No Boys’ Club

The nominations are out for this year’s Eisner awards – rightly dubbed the Oscars of the comics world – and the watchwords this year seem to be diversity and variety. There are a record number of female creators on the ballot, and almost all of the comics in the best new series category feature female protagonists. The grip of industry leaders Marvel and DC seems to be slackening, with many more placings for independent and creator-owned titles including Image, Dark Horse, Oni and Monkeybrain. Pictured is a detail from the first edition of “Bitch Planet.”

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