CoffeeBlack Illustration


Sketch blog for CoffeeBlack Illustration, the creative studio of artistic gun-for-hire, Sean Closson.

Mark Millar and Todd McFarlane: Ladies, Comics Aren't For You

Well I guess if this is being said by Todd McFarlane, a man who basically stopped making comics and became a toy mogul, and Mark Millar, a man who’s best known work (Kick-Ass) is such a mixed bag that many readers (especially women) can’t figure out if they should praise tough characters like Hit Girl or be offended by the fact that it could be encouraging a quasi-serialization of an underage girl, then it must be true, right?

Seriously though, I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of women in comics that I have personally been inspired by as an artist and a comic fan. And it’s not just because they are women, in fact it’s mainly because they are great at what they do and deserve just as much if not more credit than their male counter-parts. If you go back and look at some of those male artists and writers who got big in the 80s and 90s you may notice that, compared to today’s standards, their best work is somewhat lacking in the quality department and falls way below a lot of other creators who happen to be women.

Statements like the ones made by these guys are symptoms of men with egos who have been inflated to such a degree that they don’t even bother to think about what they are saying before they say it.


Oh, shit… I guess I’m not really working here, you guys. And none of you ladies are reading my obviously fictional works.

Sean Closson