In further pursuit of Girl-Wonder.org’s commitment to women in comics, the organization has officially begun the process of establishing itself as a non-profit. As such, Girl-wonder.org is proud to announce its newly elected board. In the upcoming year the board hopes to establish a greater convention presence and begin work on several publishing and merchandising ventures.
Karen Healey, President
A PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Karen is presently writing her dissertation on superhero comics and fandom and blogs on women in comics at Girls Read Comics (And They’re Pissed). In May 2006 she presented a paper entitled “The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones: The Feminist Anti-Superhero in Brian Michael Bendis’s “Alias”” at WisCon 30.
Elena Kamenetzky, Secretary
Elena has long been involved in social and political activism and currently teaches in Japan.
Rachel Edidin, Treasurer
Rachel works as an assistant editor at a major comics publisher and blogs at InsideOut. In May 2007, she presented a paper titled “‘Wait And See What I Become’: Gender and Performativity in James Robinson’s Starman” at WisCon31.
Hannah Dame, Board Member
Hannah currently serves as Press and Media Coordinator for Girl-Wonder.org, handling all press releases and press communication. She also produces and co-hosts the podcast Four Color Heroines.
Elizabeth Maxson, Board Member
A long-time contributor, Elizabeth is the current Girl-Wonder.org web master and technical advisor. She manages two guest-blogs, The League of Substitute Superheroes, and (Love) Letters Page. Her formal training is in social work and economic development.
Jenn Fang, Board Member
Jenn blogs at reappropriate.com, an Asian American feminist political and pop culture blog. She also manages Outsiders: Asian/Asian American Characters in Comics , a comprehensive listing of Asian and Asian-American characters in Marvel and DC. Jenn has previously worked in an organizational capacity with a number of grassroots activist groups, focusing primarily on race and gender.
Leslie Caribou, Board Member
Leslie currently serves as a forum moderator and media spokesperson for Girl-Wonder.org. She previously spent three years as a volunteer event coordinator for the now-defunct nonprofit organization National Iguana Awareness Day. Leslie’s senior thesis was a feminist analysis of superhero comics which dealt with the problematic imagery of women and violence in comics, “Women in Refrigerators: Female Superheroes as Victims of Violence.”
Jessica Plummer, Board Member
Jessica created and maintains the Girl-Wonder.Org subsite, Super. Girl. Both of Jessica’s undergraduate theses on comics: the first a feminist exploration of Supergirl; the second an analysis of the development and genderedness of comic book cities, specifically Gotham and Metropolis.