This article from Graphixia delves into the gloriously feminist comic book Bitch Planet and its “backmatter” pages, which include guest essays from writers and scholars, letters to the editor, faux advertisements for in-world products or spaces where fans can interact.
Personally, I think it’s a brilliant approach. Structuring the backmatter as a forum of ideas gives people a way to engage with all or parts of the text without feeling like passive listeners. It gives authors and artists a way to talk about evolving story and visual elements in a casual space. And after the story presents tough ideas and images, the backmatter picks up that lead, and encourages people to consider what those stories mean in a larger world context.
Also, I LOVE seeing people talk about Kelly Sue and Val’s amazing series – it gives me so much joy to know Bitch Planet resonates with so many passionate fans! Can’t wait to see what happens next for Kam, Penny, and the rest of our badass ladies.
Image credit: Graphixia.