We know ’em, we love ’em, we can’t escape ’em. As if the world isn’t already saturated in superhero franchises these days, but there’s one that I’ve grown a bit fond of even though it’s aimed at a young audience. It’s always nice to see though when the superhero community becomes more inclusive towards girls.
Miraculous Ladybug is a great example of a fun show with an awesome heroine at its helm working to protect the city of Paris with her male counter-part. The interesting thing is that the creator was inspired by Spider-Man for creating the lead, Ladybug, and even Cat Woman for her partner, Cat Noir. I couldn’t resist wanting to pay homage to Spider-Man with a little Ladybug flare–though SpiderGwen has been a huge inspiration for restyling her outfit, and since I couldn’t leave out Cat Noir I used a SpiderGwen illustration as inspiration for him. It was quite fun being able to take originally male and female focused illustrations, swapping the genders, and reimagining them with new characters.