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Katherine Rebekah
• 7/8/2015

Feminism in Threadworlds

Nova and her sister sketch 02

Nova and her little sister (who I imagine she is fiercely protective of). Nova's sister reminds my of my sister, who pretty much looks like that 90% of the time.

So, as anyone who has been closely following the progression on Threadworlds knows, our main character, Nova, is a "stubborn and brilliant" little kangaroo girl with a love for scientific discovery and exploration of the world(s) around her.

When asked about his decision to pick a female lead in a sci-fi graphic novel (two areas that are typically dominated by the guys) Bryan responded,

"...once science became the focal point of the story I knew it was important to me to have a young girl as the main character. This is basically Nova’s long origin story as scientific superhero. I hope she’ll be inspiring to readers of all genders and ages, but especially girls who are interested in studying and pursuing science."

Not only this, but according to Bryan, Nova's world is the most primitive of the Threadworlds, a quote "superstitious, oppressive empire, where girls are forbidden to read and write." It seems to be one of the main components of Threadworlds will be Nova's challenge to overcome the limits of her society.

I don't know about you all, but as a girl who quite fervently enjoys activities that are usually dominated by and targeted specifically toward males, namely the graphic novel, sic-fi fantasy, and action industries, it's a breath of fresh air to get some female representation that is not targeted only toward males, but to all. I am personally looking forward to meeting Nova and introducing her to my little sisters and cousins (all of whom are in the princess stage right now). After seeing the wonderfully written females in Avatar I have no doubt that she will provide a great representation for my gender and a reliable role model for the little girls in my family.

I look forward to seeing how Nova overcomes the boundaries of her society and shows our little girls what being a girl really means!

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think the comic industry needs more characters like Nova? Do you like Feminist under tones hinted to be happening in the story? Are you planning on sharing this with little girls in your family? Share your opinion in the comments!

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Katherine Rebekah
• 7/8/2015

Most definitely! Portraying strong female characters in media in general is something that needs to be focused on even more, and I'm glad that Bryan is taking this opportunity to do so. Although I'm a male myself, I think genders should be equally represented, and I will most definitely be recommending this to my little sisters, cousins, etc.

• 7/8/2015

Yep, guys can def side with the Feminist cause, it's all about equality, not one dominating the other. I think society is getting WAY better at representing females in nerd culture, now the main challenge is all about diversity. Rather then just putting out the cookie cutter archetypes of the butt kicker (e.g. any woman from the MI series) or the damsel in distress (e.g. any older Disney princess). It's not about saying you can't be a princess, it's about saying you CAN be a princess, or an astronaut, or a paleontologist, or a politician, or a ballerina, or an ice skater, or a plumber, or whatever you can dream up. I think Nova is going to be one of those good, diverse characters and I'm looking forward to it! :3

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