Ladies First

15 Oct

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

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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.

http://www.comic-report.de/index.php/verlage/carlsen/344-carlsen-comics-programm-2012-2013

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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