Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Girls Read Comics Too! An Awesome Letter from Rowan, Age 11, to DC Comics.

Marvel comics made a movie about a talking tree and a raccoon awesome, but you haven't made a movie with Wonder Woman.

Girls read comics too and they care.

Rowan is an 11 year old girl. I know her and her parents and am posting this with all of their permission (especially Rowan's). She loves comics and she wrote this letter to DC Comics.

Transcription below.

I love this and hope DC listens. I've written about my own daughter's love of comics here and here, and hope Rowan helps make comics a little more girl-friendly (and less pink and purple).

If anyone at DC (or anyone else) would like to contact Rowan, I'll be glad to put you in touch with her family.

The letter reads:
Dear DC comics,
My name is Rowan and I am 11 years old. I love superheroes and have been reading comics and watching superhero cartoons and movies since I was very young. I’m a girl, and I’m upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC.
For my birthday, I got some of your Justice League Chibis™. I noticed in the little pamphlet that there are only 2 girl Chibis, and 10 boys. Also, the background for the girl figures was all pink and purple.
I remember watching Justice League cartoons when I was really young with my dad. There are Superman and Batman movies, but not a Wonder Woman one. You have a Flash TV show, but not a Wonder Woman one. Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.
I would really like a Hawkgirl or Catwoman or the girls of the Young Justice TV show action figures please. I love your comics, but I would love them a whole lot more, if there were more girls.
I asked a lot of the people I know whether they watched movies or read books or comics where girls were the main characters, they all said yes.
Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.
Sincerely, Rowan.
Girls do read comics and they do care. Now the question is, does DC care?

Update: Yes I know Wonder Woman is coming. Rowan will be 13 by the time she gets to see her first movie with a female lead.

Update 2: Reprints of the letter are welcome. Please link to this page and send me a note, just so I can keep track.

Update 3: For more on the coverage of the letter, please see my post Anatomy of a Viral Tweet


Alfonso Rodríguez Martínez said...

how nice, and yes, Rowan's right, there should be more shows/movies/stuff for women that is not pink & purple, I hope you let me post this on my facebook, so spanish talking people know too

David Perry said...

Share away!

Ti_Leo said...

Hi, what an awesome letter indeed. Just want to tell you that I made a blogpost using your picture. You can find it here:

Thank you for sharing and have a nice day.

David Perry said...

Thanks for telling me!

Matt Moore said...

Thanks for sharing this. It is something that needs to be addressed across the industry and into other mediums (media?), too. Did Rowan and her family ever send the letter to the publisher? I saw they responded via Twitter, which is great.

David Perry said...

Yeah, they mailed the hard-copy after taking the picture I'm using.

BrooklynB said...

Penguin is publishing a new graphic novel for this age group called ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson, releasing in bookstores on March 15th. It's pure girl power.

Jen Charron said...

The once was a Wonder Woman show and even a cat woman movie. The movie was a bit adult, but I recall watching Linda carter as Wonder Woman as a kid and loved it

Guillermo Rodríguez said...

Dear David,

We publish the letter on our site:

Thank you very much!

K Lambertsen said...

Raising my now 5 year old daughter brought this exact problem to my attention. As an entrepreneur, my first response was to solve it! The ultimate female superhero for girls is in the works now on my dining room table. And my daughter makes a great co-author!

I also started a blog about this topic at luvpunkprotocol.

The amazing Daisy Thrash tweets at daisythrash.

In this day and age, we don't need The Big Two to create our superheroes for us.

I welcome any interested collaborators ;)

Fernando Martins said...

Facebook shared for portuguese talking people, dude.

K Lambertsen said...

Just letting you know that I mentioned the letter, used part of the image, and linked to this post here Thanks!

David Perry said...


Mister Ghost said...

Funny.. They ARE making a Wonder Woman movie right after JL. They've made cat woman movies before..

Mister Ghost said...

They're making a Wonder Woman movie in 2017 after JUstice league..

devid said...

waiting for 2017