Finally, comic books are catching up with the rest of us!
Images from the new "Jem and the Holograms" comic book were released this week and they give us a lot of reason to celebrate.
Carolann Voltarel, who co-owns the Brookyln-based shop "Athena's Wink," took to Twitter and posted drawings of the "Jem" characters, who, for once, aren't all thin, big breasted and in revealing outfits. In fact, the characters come in a variety of body types, proving that the comic book world is finally ready to embrace body diversity.
The Misfits also make an appearance in the comic book:
Drawn by artist Sophie Campbell (formerly Ross Campbell), the girls are decked out in bold prints, shredded skirts and tights and cute curve-hugging dresses. They also rock a variety of hairstyles -- dreads, curls and spiky 'dos all make an appearance.
Despite this milestone, there's still a long way to go with the portrayal of women in graphic novels. Most people who write and draw for comic books are men, and target a male audience, but the introduction of new female characters (Thor a.k.a. Tarene, for one) and LGBTQ characters are changing the narration.
Let's hope these new characters reflect the diversity among real women.
"Jem and the Holograms" #1 comes out this March from IDW Publishing.