Over the years men have dominated the artists booths at comic conventions, like Comicpalooza in Houston, for quite a while.
Normally if you saw a female at a booth they were a cosplayer, a model, the artists significant other or just watching the booth.
But the only constant in any medium, even in the comic book and animation realms, is change.
Women now run their own booths, draw their own artwork and make their own money.Things are definitely changing for the better for the distaff fans of four colored fiction.
C Jade Banda
Ms. Banda made her con debut at Comicpalooza. Hailing from the Katy area, she is attending the Art Institute and showing considerable skill and potential. She intends to go into animation and was inspired when she learned that being an animator was a profession you could be in.
No foolin’ with the Mechie-Fool team
Chrisitina Polman and her family have been part of Comicpalooza for the past five years. Wanting to be a graphic , Christina is also a seamstress, and she designs and sews bowties, stuff bags, and other accessories from nerd influenced fabric. She also sells sketches and sells original buttons and art as well. Her mom manages her booth and her sister helps with the accounting. A tight family unit with a strong love of comics, sci-fi, and cons, fthey will be at Space City Con in August.
Rita Moore: ‘Palooza veteran
Rita Moore was a founding member of CCP Comics and has been part of the Comicpallooza show in Houston since it was held in a shopping mall five years ago.Was a comic book fan since a kid, while an adult met CCP Comics EIC, McClain McGuire.” I am glad women are being recognized in the industry”,she said, nowadays more people (in the industry) are giving women a chance.
Jessica Jordan just moved to Houston last year and has attended ten prior conventions, was studying animation and in college and began to read comics.
She lived in Denver, CO, prior to moving to Texas, and being a guest at Comicpalooza was her first show in the Lone Star State.
“I think illustrators are storytellers, one of the things I am really good at is showing emotion in my characters.,” she stated.
Valerie G., critter creator
Valerie G, lives in Houston and has been sculpting her creatures for four years.
Prior to her critters she was doing ceramic sculptures, and began to show her work on group sites.
“I’m not a scary monster kind of person, I appreciate the work, but I’m really not a scary monster kind of person.”, she said of her work.
Renee Witterstaetter, has been attending conventions in Houston for six years, and works as a represenative for several comic book pros and is most active during the convention season. She is also an established colorist, writer, and publisher. She had this to say about women in the comic book industry. When in I first got in to comics in the late 80’s, and their was not really that many female creators at that time, it has changed dramatically and there are women writers, artists, editors, and publishers, women are in all aspects of comics. And by virtue of that you see a lot more women come to the cons and sell their work and meet their fans. And a good part of that is the independent market is wide open.”
She still enjoys her work, gets to talk about comics and get to pick her projects.
Has been doing shows at Comicpalooza for the past three years, and will be doing her first out of state con in Denver, CO.
“I think more women are getting involved especially in independent comics. The arts growing and instead of worrying about getting into the industry are opening themselves up and getting out there.”, she said.
She has been doing artwork professionally since December, since she graduated, and plans to her own work in the near future.