Comic-Con 2019 Toxic Fans Star Wars
Comic-Con 2019 Toxic Fans Star Wars

Women of Comic-Con 2019 Talk Representation, Cult Fandoms

When “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” arrived on Netflix, some fans weren’t happy about the beloved character’s updated white costume.

The new look featured a much less-revealing top and a pair of boy shorts under the costume’s original tiny skirt. But creator and executive producer Noelle Stevenson doesn’t care.

“We’ve seen this play out time and time again where of course people are going to be shocked that there’s a change being made to something that has been such a part of the cultural zeitgeist,” she said. “When I was first getting into comics, a lot of the comic book covers had a very cheesecakey angle to it that was more sexy and salacious in some way, which was really off-putting… I want to read the story; I want to see myself in her.”

Stevenson’s sentiment was echoed throughout San Diego Comic-Con. “Bad Robot’s” Jeannette Francis also referenced the toxic culture that comes with cult fandoms, highlighting the importance of combating negativity when it comes to new additions to the comic book universe.

“We’re moving in the right direction, but I think it’s a journey, and it’s going to be one of those things where each time something crops up, as a fan cult, we don’t want to allow it, she said.”

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