Interviewer: Depictions of women does seem to be a theme that attracts you.
KB: I became more aware of that because I’m a lady in the comics industry, and whether you like it or not, your name will pop-up in a lot of articles about women in comics. You kind of get this education constantly anyway, about depictions of women and women writers. You become more aware of characters who suffered badly.
Lois Lane is one of them. She’s a lot like Nancy in a way. The early Lois was very elbows-out, knocking people out of the way to get the story. Then editors came in, and said, “Make Lois prettier. Lois isn’t hot enough. Make sure she’s the type of lady that Superman would really want to save, you know what I mean?” So, after that Lois starts to suck. She starts to be boring and whiny, saying, “Superman, why don’t you marry me?” And he says [deep, exasperated voice], “I’m busy, Lois!”
- Kate Beaton in a Salon.com interview