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Influential Women in Comic Books?

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Bluewater Productions has a really interesting biography comic book series about influential women called “Female Force”. Recently added to the roster: Barbara Walters and Caroline Kennedy.

According to Bluewater:

…these two women epitomize what we try achieve with Female Force,” said Bluewater president Darren Davis. “Its not necessarily about wielding political power, but rather through the sum their influence they shape the debate. Kennedy and Walters, each in their own way, have done that.”Kennedy, whose biography comic hits shelves this Wednesday, tells the story of a daughter living in the shadow of a powerful political dynasty only to emerge as a tireless philanthropist and activist. The book includes her recent attempt to fill the senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.

The Walters story follows her rise as a researcher for the Today Show to her ascension as the first female anchor on a national evening news broadcast. Her struggle for acceptance and respect serves as the focus of the book, but also includes her more recent accolades as a celebrity interviewer and the “force” behind the popular syndicated program “The View.”

Other notable women, turned comic book stars, include Sarah Palin, Hilary Clinton, Princess Dianna, Condoleeza Rice and Oprah Winfrey.

What do you think about this? Is this a positive step for women, who are rarely the “heroes” in comic books or is it demeaning, reducing women to colourful caricatures ?

Which Canadian women would you like to see as lead characters in “Female Force”?

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