Lisbeth Salander Sadly Over-Sexualized In Dragon Tattoo Graphic NovelS

Millions of people have read the books and seen the Swedish movies and/or the US flicks, and soon there will be a new way to experience The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: As a graphic novel.

DC comics' Vertigo imprint will publish the series, and as Kelly Thompson writes for Comics Should Be Good,

If the graphic novel is going to sell, it seems like a good bet that it will have a large audience of women, and if it goes on to smash sales records the way that Twilight did, then it will be a very large audience of women. Which makes this a perfect opportunity to reach out to female readers that might discover a love of comics.

Lisbeth Salander Sadly Over-Sexualized In Dragon Tattoo Graphic NovelS

She adds, "I'd love to see DC be truly bold here and make a push for some new and interesting female friendly content… I'm not suggesting that we coat everything in pink and unicorns so that 'the wimmins will like it,' I'm suggesting, as I have ad nauseam, that it takes very little effort to create books that don't actively turn women away." The problem? Apparently DC isn't very interested in courting female readers. And so far, the Dragon Tattoo project has a few issues. Take a look at the first artwork that's been released, at left. Thompson points out that the Lisbeth Salander in drawn for the graphic novel "does not synch up with the character well at all," and complains that "it's far too sexualized for the Lisbeth Salander of the novel and strikes the wrong tone right out of the gate." But Thompson has some advice for DC:

Choos[e] smart A-list creative teams, including artists that can draw beautifully without collapsing constantly into male gaze, and writers that are experienced with creating complicated and layered female characters.

Good advice for anybody trying to create female-friendly fare, whether it be a graphic novel, a sitcom, or a movie.

Opportunity Redux! [Comics Should Be Good]