Don’t Be a Dick: Bitch Media & The Ladydrawers’ Advice To The Comics Industry

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While we have covered certain comics in the past for their WYSKiness (see here , here and here), we never really knew much about an industry we largely associate with kids and guys. However, the steady stream of less than stellar press it received last year clued us in to the sad fact that there are some BIG issues (other than the gargantuan boobs that every female superhero seems to be drawn with) plaguing the real world purveyors of this genre of fantasy writing.

Swooping in to help heal the ills of the comics biz are two heroines of feminism – Bitch Media and The Ladydrawers. Their collective super power? Their very own online series of enlightening comics they call… Don’t Be A Dick. Each of the six comics in the series, which will be released over the next six months, will explore the diverse world of comics sales, marketing, and readership, along with the not-so-hard-to grasp (but apparently difficult to implement) best practices that the industry can take to embrace a more diverse fan base.

All will be written by WYSK Janelle Asselin, edited by WYSK Anne Elizabeth Moore, and drawn by six WYSKy artists. They promise “hot stuff, featuring more jokes, more cats, more original research, and more stellar art than you can possibly imagine.”


Don’t Be A Dick Topic Roster:

  • January – intro to the wild world of comics terminology and all its various interpretations
  • February – the entire history of comics, particularly as it applies to women and girls
  • March – content issues in comics
  • April – comics crappiest marketing gaffes… a how-to guide for keeping comics free of women, trans, and non-binary gender fans
  • May – the art of buying comics
  • June – how to sell to women and trans-folks… marketing tips and ways to not be a dick while expanding your consumer base

Don’t Be A Dick Players:

Bitch Media is a badass nonprofit org dedicated to offering thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture. We are BIG fans of their work!

The Ladydrawers Comics Collective (a.k.a. “The Ladydrawers”) is an unofficially affiliated group of women, men, transgender, and non-binary gender folk who research, perform, and publish comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large.

JanelleFrom little houses on the prairies of Nebraska and Iowa to the posh Chicago suburbs to the mean (gentrified) streets of Brooklyn to sunny Glendale, California, Janelle Asselin has carried her nerdity everywhere with her. Janelle has been a video gamer for at least 26 years, a comics fan for 20 years, and an editor of comic-type things for seven years. She’s worked at comic shops, comics news sites, and comics publishers like Fangoria Comics, DC Comics, and Disney. She’s written a book about selling comics to women and has a weekly column at ComicsAlliance.com featuring female creators on the rise.

anne elizabeth mooreBorn in Winner, South Dakota, cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore founded the Best American Comics series for Houghton Mifflin and edited The Comics Journal before fostering the insanity that is The Ladydrawers. She’s also a prolific writer of word-books including Unmarketable (The New Press), Cambodian Grrrl, and New Girl Law (Cantankerous Titles). Her work has appeared in The BafflerJacobinAl Jazeera, and Salon, and she is the comics editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Don’t Be A Dick Comic 1:

Here’s a sneak peek of the very first comic in the series, an intro to the wild world of comics terminology and all its various interpretations. To see the full piece click here.

Thanks for the much needed education Bitch Media and The Ladydrawers! – XOXO, WYSK

Dont Be A Dick Comic 1

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