"We do exist. I am a black woman who at one time wished to write comics. I know of other black women who are currently writing comics: Marguerite Abouet, Carol Burrell, Spike (C. Spike Trotman), Alitha Martinez, Ashley A. Woods, Regine Sawyer, Jennifer Crute, Starline Hodge, etc. You’ve likely not seen them at many conventions due to the minuscule budget that self-publishing provides, but they exist. Perhaps they are not in great numbers, but they exist and are doing everything financially possible to increase their visibility (websites, interviews, etc.). When established male creators at well-known publishers go on popular, high-traffic websites and state that black women who write or wish to write comics don’t exist it makes it harder for the black women writers that do exist to gain visibility. People will make no effort to seek them out. An offhand comment, even one that is well meaning, can have a negative impact and be demoralizing."