Women, Graphic Novels, and Gaming

Hey, chicas! Are you tired of hearing the (old and lame) stereotype that comic books, graphic novels, and games are for men? I know that I am. While I certainly believe that some comic book/game creators, writers, and artists need  a lesson in why sexism and homophobia suck, not all games or comic books alienate women. And, it needs to be recognized in the industry, and among male fans, that we are here, we are fans, and we would like to be respected as consumers. I invite you to write about your favorite comic books, graphic novels, and games in the comments section. I would love to hear what you love, what you’re reading, and what you think about the treatment of women in those same titles. Personally, that matters a great deal to me. I don’t like supporting writers/creators/companies economically that demean women. But, let me hear your opinions. Let’s prove that stereotype wrong!!!

Here are a few of my faves:

Comic Books/Graphic Novels (all-time faves)

  1. Earth 2 – I like the diversity in this alternate universe!
  2. Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who Crossover – This has Captain Picard in it. Enough said.
  3. The Walking Dead – While there are females that try to enforce gender roles in this graphic novel, there are also a few female characters that knowingly and regularly defy those roles. Does anyone remember the conversation between Lori and Andrea? BOOM.
  4. Umbrella Academy
  5. The Guild – About a geeky, introverted woman who loves gaming. What isn’t there to like?! Did I mention that Felicia Day is the mind behind it! (You should also check out the webseries!)

Games (all-time faves)

  1. Dragon Age: Origins
  2. Dragon Age: Awakenings (DLC)
  3. World of Warcraft – While there are plenty of sexist assholes playing on the WoW servers, there are also a lot of females running around who don’t mind (myself included) calling those assholes out.
  4. Plants vs. Zombies – For when I’m looking for easy entertainment.
  5. Mortal Kombat – This has been one of my favorite since I was a teen. I remember the thrill I would get at kicking dudes butts while playing a female character in the game. BEST.
  6. FTL – You can get a Star Trek mod for this game. What isn’t to love? You never know what to expect in this game, which is an interesting and delightful change from most games I’ve played.

I’m about to start The Walking Dead games via Steam soon. Has anyone played? Thoughts?

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4 thoughts on “Women, Graphic Novels, and Gaming

  1. Shareen says:

    Love Wow and first dragon age. I also really enjoy Skyrim and League of Legends.

  2. agathorfan says:

    I don’t own either Skyrim or League of Legends, but I’ll have to try them out! Did you have any problems on World of Warcraft? I liked the game, but some of the people would say mean, sexist, or racist things.

  3. Great blog and topic!

    Graphic Novels:

    Madame Xanadu, Wonder Woman, Xena, Book of Magic, Age of Bronze, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon series, The Librarian (based on the TV series). Currently, I’m reading the Grimm Fairy Tales, “The Library” comics.

    Games:

    Dungeons and Dragons, Age of Mythology, God of War, Rome Total War, Gods and Heroes, Titan Quest.

    NAMASTE’

  4. agathorfan says:

    Thanks for visiting! I think there are a few things I will be adding to my reading list. I didn’t know there was a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon series graphic novel! I’ve just started Titan Quest, which I like pretty well, except the small inventory. Several of my friends have suggested the God of War games. Age of Mythology sounds interesting. I will look at that up. May I ask what gaming equipment you use? I have a PS3, but I play games mainly on my PC.

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