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Gail Simone praises male reader support

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Gail Simone has praised the support of her male readers.

The Red Sonja writer discussed the appeal of quality female characters in comics.

Red Sonja

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Red Sonja.



Simone was asked about writing a "scantily clad" character who "historically attracted an almost entirely male readership".

"If that was all Red Sonja was, I wouldn't want to write about her at all," she told ICv2.

"She's a lot more than that to me, and to her fans, I'm sure. A thousand imitators showing more flesh have come and gone, and Sonja is still here.

"But I also think it does a bit of a disservice to lump all male readers together like that, as well. I have found the male readership to be remarkably supportive of great female characters again and again, with Birds of Prey, with Wonder Woman, with Batgirl.

"I want a Red Sonja that isn't just a cult title. With every character I love, when I take them over, I want to preach their gospel, I want people to know why I love them so much. Red Sonja kicks a megatonnage of ass, that's what she does."

Simone currently writes Batgirl and The Movement for DC Comics.

Red Sonja is published by Dynamite Entertainment.

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