The conceptualization of this study began with the question "What?". What do I see in my art? What do others? What is the common thread in the majority of my pieces?
And the answer to that is: women. But not just women, women that both challenge and perpetuate the stereotypes of our "gender". Women that are feminine, masculine, dainty, muscular, seductive, conservative...the list can go on for a while if given enough time but that's beside the point.
The title of this post says "within graphic novels" for a reason. If you will take a minute to browse through my portfolio you will see that a lot of my works have been heavily inspired by graphic novels. The other reason for this is because of what appears to be a lack of graphic novels created by women for women within the mainstream comics industry. They are few and far between, with many being written by men while also turning down female writers. I will stop there to keep from getting off track, though it is something that will be discussed in later posts.
This is only an overview of what's to come so stay tuned.
The following blog posts are an in-depth study about how women and gender in general are perceived. These perceptions are vast, varied and ancient. Each post is meant to compile and observe how these perceptions came to be over the ages and throughout different societies based on different aspects of society as a whole.