Comics Reacts to Wonder Woman/UN News

By Joe Glass

The comics community has been awash with opinion on the UN's decision to remove Wonder Woman early from the role of Honorary Ambassador for Empowerment of Women and Girls.

Well, needless to say, comics is really not too happy about it. Especially creators who have worked on Wonder Woman over the years.


And how about the creators on the book at the moment?


That's one Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp, and Nicola Scott had this to say on Facebook:

Absolutely, real life women can and should hold roles for female empowerment and equality for the U.N. But the "honorary" embassador role is strictly created for fictional characters. Why can't we have both?
Fictional characters have the ability to cross boarders and boundaries that real people can't. They're universally accessible and can be reformed as needed.
Wonder Woman was created for female empowerment during WWII but these petitioners are fixating on a 70's or 90's version. 75 years of power and progress and they've reduced her to pretty lady in a bathing suit. Way to strip her of her power and position, just another woman who's lost her job.
I created the art for the U.N. with a full understanding of who she is and how much reach she has and what she means to millions of people. The purpose of this initiative was so incredibly positive, with the best of intentions and knowing how perfectly Diana fit into this role. Personally I find it a shame but I'm really disappointed we won't get the full roll out if the plan. Way to suck the potential fun and accessibility out of an important issue.

And what of writer, Greg Rucka? Well, Rucka has so far stayed quiet on the subject.

The rest of comics? Not so much.



Colleen Doran even came back to the topic to educate those demanding that the Honorary Ambassadorship role should be given to a real live woman.

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About Joe Glass

Joe Glass has been contributing to Bleeding Cool for about four years. He's been a roaming reporter at shows like SDCC and NYCC, and also has a keen LGBTQ focus, with his occasional LGBTQ focus articles, Tales from the Four Color Closet. He is also now Bleeding Cool's Senior Mutant Correspondent thanks to his obsession with Marvel's merry mutants. Joe is also a comics creator, writer of LGBTQ superhero team series, The Pride, the first issue of which was one of the Top 25 ComiXology Submit Titles of 2014. He is also a co-writer on Stiffs, a horror comedy series set in South Wales about call centre workers who hunt the undead by night. One happens to be a monkey. Just because.
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