By Lisa Goudy
Strong characters are fundamental to a strong story.
This is true in any kind of storytelling. The more interesting a person
or character is, the more substance a story will have and the more
interest it will generate. Regardless of sexual orientation or
ethnicity, as long as the characters and stories are compelling with
substance, the better and more engaging the result will be.
In the comic industry, we’ve started to see a trend of more diverse
characters in comics, but what we don’t see is new diverse comic
characters as much. That needs to change.
For years, many of the most famous and prominent heroes were straight
white males such as Superman, Captain America, Batman and Spider-Man. In
an attempt to bring more diversity to comics, we’ve seen many comic
publishers – including Marvel and DC – introduce more leading female,
LGBTQ+ and multicultural characters and this is a good thing.