So, “everyone knows” that there are no women comics creators, right? That’s why it is unthinkable that there should be any female guests or panelists at comics conventions. We wouldn’t want Mark Millar to catch a nasty case of Girl Cooties now, would we? (Actually he’s done a bit better this year, but I note that Paul Cornell couldn’t negotiate panel parity so he isn’t doing panels.)
Anyway, that’s here in the West. Japan is different. Japan doesn’t think that comics are just for boys. And last week Moto Hagio, one of the most respected manga creators, was awarded the Medal of Honor (Purple Ribbon), which I gather is the highest honor that a creative person can get in Japan. (It’s a bit like getting an OBE, complete with audience with the Emperor.) I found out via a follower on Twitter this morning, but Anime News Network did report it.
Moto Hagio is a three-time Seiun winner in the Best Comic category. It looks like a lot of her work features m/m romance. If I wiggle my nose I may be able to summon Jonathan Clements who can doubtless tell us everything about her.