The dearth of female artists, writers, and characters in mainstream comics is nothing new. However due to recent criticism, DC Comics' co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are finally responding to rising complaints about the lack of gender balance in their work. According to a statement from the duo:
"Over the past week we've heard from fans about a need for more women writers, artists and characters. We want you to know, first and foremost, that we hear you and take your concerns very seriously… We'll have exciting news about new projects with women creators in the coming months and will be making those announcements closer to publication. Many [previously mentioned female] creators will be working on new projects as we continue to tell the ongoing adventures of our characters… We know there are dozens of other women creators and we welcome the opportunity to work with them."
DiDio and Lee also cited several female collaborators including Gail Simone, Fiona Staples and Nicola Scott, among others that they've worked with in the past, though these women have mostly stood as exceptions than the rule. Also I'd like to believe there are more than just "dozens" of women writers and artists out there who'd love a chance to share their work with one of the largest comic publishers around. Ladies, here's your chance to make yourself known. Send them your best work today!