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The Batgirl of San Diego

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Posted July 31, 2011

Fans are upset with DC’s drop from 12% female creators to just under 2%, or, well, 3 total.  And fans, most notably the Batgirl of San Diego, asked about it at San Diego Comic Con.  DC’s Dan DiDio responded by demanding of a male fan, “What do those numbers mean to you?” and “Who should we have hired?”  The Beat has a firsthand account of the interaction.  Comics Alliance‘s Laura Hudson wrote on what those numbers meant.  Comic Book Grrrl has some thoughts, and a fan created a petition asking DC to hire more female creators and included a list.  Now Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have written a joint letter saying they have heard fans and affirming their commitment to diversity. Bleeding Cool suggests no one wants “a repeat performance,” but I bet there will be a lot of Batgirls at New York Comic Con.  And the petition is a good way to help DC keep listening.

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2 Responses to “The Batgirl of San Diego”

  1. Jared
    August 1st, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    Not to knock Bleeding Cool, but there are no sources cited besides “I understand…” and “I’ve heard that…”.

    Unspecified, off-the-record rumors are awesome, but let’s see it happen before we declare victory.

  2. Carol Borden
    August 1st, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    Yeah, personally, I hope people keep up the pressure on DC. It’s the only way things will change, especially when I have the sense that DC doesn’t really see the problem.

    Also, how messed up is it, that even it’s progress when DC finally issues the generically polite statement that any other company would have issued long ago. And it really is progress compared to their past responses.

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