See? I'm not the only one encouraging more women to read comics. Kelly Thompson (of the She Has No Head! column on Comics Should Be Good) has put together a neat experiment: The Ladies Comics Project, where she's gotten together over a dozen women, many of them not currently comics readers, and invited them to read an issue of a comic book and talk about their experience.
As Shelti, one of the women participating in the project, says:
Before reading this comic the only other comic I have read is The Walking Dead, which I really got into. My view of comics before I read The Walking Dead was that they were just cartoons and superhero stories. I never thought I would like them and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Walking Dead. I still am not sure if I would like the superhero ones as much as the “real life” ones (yeah yeah zombies aren’t real, I know).
One interesting (though not exactly surprising) thing I gleaned from Part 1: Ladies love a good cover image.