Ladies First

15 Oct

No trip to Berlin would be complete without some time spent in one of my favourite bookshops.


Modern Graphics has been selling comics and graphic novels in Berlin for the past 20 years. They have two branches: one in Europa-Center that specialises in mangas, and the shop that I’m more familiar with, which is located in Kreuzberg and also sells artbooks, posters and action figures.

They have a great selection from independant publishers, which makes the shop a fun place to keep updated on what is going on with the German comics scene.

I also enjoy checking out which French authors get translated in German. That’s how I discovered that publisher Carlsen  had launched a collection targetting women readers about a year ago, with comics from Pénélope Bagieu and Margaux Motin amongst others.

The premise is that women read comics differently. I’m not sure I’m on board with that. Sure, it’s better than stating that women don’t read comics. And I like that female authors and artists are represented in the collection. DC could learn a thing or two from this. But I’m not convinced that women are looking for something essentially different than men do, when they read comics. Sure, most of the women I know are more likely to read Persepolis type graphic novels than superheroes comics, but guess what? The same can be said of most grown-up men. It is a particular subtype of adults who reads superheroes stories, but the fact that it is special interest doesn’t make it male only. Of course, a little bit more representation would go a long way.

Interestingy enough, I came across this relevant article recently.


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