(Illustration from https://milkfed.us)
#VisibleWomen—the hashtag created by the company, Milkfed, founded by comic book writers Kelly Sue Deconnick (BitchPlanet) and Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS), has taken over twitter the past week to raise public awareness of women and nonbinary creators all over the world last August 7. Since last Monday, the hashtag has been used thousands of times.
It is an open submission for female colorists, artists, letterers, and inkers to pour out their skills under the 140-character limit whilst sharing their works online with their artist info for the perusal of any hiring professional. Though its intention was to counteract the comic book industry—which is predominantly male—several creatives from different industries are sharing their work regardless.
Though the comic book industry is arguably and allegedly getting better with its diverse set of creators, it is still seen as a male-dominated space. Tim Hanley, a comic book historian and owner of the blog, “Strained Circumstances,” cites that female creators at DC and Marvel last May are still around 15%. “All told, our larger tour over the past two months featured more losses than gains and combined with low showings at DC and Marvel,” he shares in his post last August 2, “Female creator representation across the board in the direct market appears to have taken a bit of a dip as of late.”
It is still ongoing up to this day, and through this hash tag, several talented women have been discovered. Take a peek at some of the homegrown talents below: