Way back in February I dedicated a Fame Day post to Marvel Editor in Chief Alex Alonso. In the very first paragraph of that post I observed that every one of these features thus far had been dedicated to a man or an organization, and that “[a post on a woman [was] in the near future].” Almost two months late is better than never, right?
Kelly Sue DeConnick is a writer for Marvel Comics, and a person who is doing all sorts of things for women in comics. For one, she’s part of the creative team that took Carol Danvers, formerly Miss Marvel, and promoted her to Captain Marvel. She even went out of her way to bring in artist extraordinaire Jamie McKelvie to help redesign her new look.
In writing the Danvers’ new title, DeConnick made sure to include a particular moment in history in her first arc. Talking about those first few issues of Captain Marvel, she recounts that:
“…I think it started with me talking about something I’d read about the Women Air Service Pilots of World War II over family dinner at our friends’ house one night. I was so angry about this thing that happened 60 years ago that I was shaking. I felt like I needed to do something with that anger, and then I realized that I had an angle on a story I cared about.”
While never shying away from the fact that she was writing a superhero comic, DeConnick used her 20-or-so pages per issue to shine light on the injustices that women pilots faced in years past, and that is worthy of praise, to put it lightly.
The wife of past Fame Day subject Matt Fraction, she in no means finds herself riding her husband’s coattails as he pens some of the publisher’sW larger comic book events. On top of taking care of writing duties for Captain Marvel, she’s also the scribe for the lighter-toned Avengers Assemble, meant to ease movie fans into the comic books with scenes like Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk losing a bet and being forced to walk around Manhattan stark [heh] naked:
As well as really nailing the kind of banter you expect from such superpowered big-screen personalities like the Avengers:
But wait, there’s more! Kelly Sue DeConnick is more than just one half of an extremely talented writer super-couple, and the following elaborates on that. In response to a tumblr user likening her to a Hawkeye’s young lady counterpart, she states:
It’s no wonder, then, that when Matt Fraction took over the Fantastic Four title he decided to base the Richards’ family on his own, casting DeConnick in the role of Marvel’s first ever modern day female superheroine, Sue Storm. Both are women who put up with an unbelievable amount, but still manage to balance everything in their lives with an unbelievable amount of strength and patience.
If the above haven’t convinced you that Kelly Sue DeConnick is worthy of a Fame Day, I don’t know what else to tell you. Well, I guess I can mention that in every interview she exemplifies the fact that she knows what she is talking about; she has ideas about keeping the industry alive that are well-thought and worth listening to, and you should. Right now she is working on her own title with artist Emma Rios called Pretty Deadly, a western featuring a scarred female assassin. I mean, come on.
Comic books have long been a male-dominated industry, but if the other female creators looking to become a part of it are even half as talented and capable as Kelly Sue Deconnick, that is certainly bound to change.