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Colleen Doran

Women writers and illustrators soar to new heights in the comic book industry

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So the Mighty Thor—at least on the printed page—is now a woman. Rarely has a gender-bend made as many headlines as this one, with both fans and non-fans alike weighing in with thoughts and opinions on the new Goddess of Thunder. But as a new heroine picks up Thor’s hammer and assumes his powers and duties and Comic-Con comes to New York City, so are more and more women picking up pens and brushes and making their return to the world of comic books—a medium in which they once flourished. “There have always been women in comics,” said Colleen Doran, a writer, artist and cartoonist who has drawn some of the medium’s most famous characters. “It’s very popular to say…

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