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The Band of Women Behind Jessica Jones, Season 2

Jaime Herndon


Jaime Herndon finished her MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia, after leaving a life of psychosocial oncology and maternal-child health work. She is a writer, editor, and book reviewer who drinks way too much coffee. She is a new-ish mom, so the coffee comes in extra handy. Twitter: @IvyTarHeelJaime

Jessica Jones season 2 premiers today on Netflix, and it’s not a coincidence that it airs on International Women’s Day. Besides the fact that Jessica is a kickass, complex woman (I mean, aren’t we all?) who happens to be a superhero, Season 2 boasts an all-woman director lineup, a rare occurrence. It feels especially important and timely now, with the #metoo and #timesup movements. In advance of the season premiere, pulp posters for each episode were unveiledand these, too, were all illustrated by women. Not only all women, but a diverse, international array of women, at that.

In certain areas (directing, comics), we often hear the excuse from people (mainly white males) that there are just not enough talented women or POC.


There are plenty of talented women and POCthe question is, are you going to include them?

Jessica Jones did just that.

Episode 201AKA Start at the Beginning

The first episode to kick off the season is directed by Anna Foerster, who’s also worked on Underworld: Blood Wars, Outlander, and The Day After Tomorrow. The poster is illustrated by French comic book artist Stephanie Hans, who’s worked with Marvel, DC, Image, Boom!, Dark Horse, and more.

Episode 202AKA Freak Accident

Episode 2 is directed by British director Minkie Spiro, who’s worked on shows like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey, and Skins, as well as multiple documentaries.  The awesome Jen Bartel did the poster, and she’s known for her work on Jem and the Holograms, among other thingsincluding her neon, candy-colored illustrations.

Episode 203AKA Soul Survivor

This episode is directed by Canadian Mairzee Almas, who’s done episodes of Once Upon a Time, iZombie, 12 Monkeys, Shadowhunters, the 100, and more. Elizabeth Torque did the poster, and she’s illustrated comics for DC, Image, and IDW, to name a few.

Episode 204AKA God Help the Hobo

Deborah Chow directed this episode; she’s also directed episodes of Beauty and the Beast, The Vampire Diaries, Reign, and Iron Fist. This episode’s poster was illustrated by Kate Niemczyk, who’s worked on comics like Mockingbird, Iron Man, and Faith.

Episode 205AKA The Octopus

The fifth episode is directed by Millicent Shelton, who was the first African-American woman to earn a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. She’s also worked on shows like 90210, 30 Rock, Castle, and Californication. Colleen Doran did the poster, and her art has been used for comics like Faith, S.H.I.E.L.D., Squirrel Girl, and Justice League.

Episode 206AKA FaceTime

Australian Jet Wilkinson is the director for this episode; she’s also worked on How to Get Away with Murder, The Punisher, Iron Fist, and Madam Secretary.  Illustrator Erica Henderson did the poster, and she’s best known for her work on Squirrel Girl, although she’s also done work on A-Force, Betty and Veronica, Howard the Duck, Secret Wars, and more.

Episode 207AKA I Want Your Cray Cray

Mad Men alum Jennifer Getzinger directs this episode. Audrey Mok, artist for Archie and Josie and the Pussycats, did the poster.

Episode 208AKA Ain’t We Got Fun

Zetna Fuentes, who’s also done episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, This is Us, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, Jane the Virgin, and others, directs this episode. Joyce Chin created the poster; she’s worked on Red Sonja, Vampirella, X-Men, Hellcat!, Tomb Raider, and much more.

Episode 209AKA Shark in the Bathtub, Monster in the Bed

Rosemary Rodriguez has worked on The Walking Dead, Rescue Me, Castle, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Without a Trace; she directs episode 9. This poster was done by comic book cover artist Jenny Frison, known for her work on Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, Star Wars, and Red Sonja, to name but a few.

Episode 210AKA Pork Chop

This episode was directed by Irish director Neasa Hardiman, who’s also done episodes of Inhumans, Happy Valley, and Z: The Beginning of Everything. Amy Reeder did this poster; she’s also worked on Batwoman, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Supergirl, and Rocket Girl.

Episode 211AKA Three Lives and Counting

Jennifer Lynch directed this episode; she’s also directed the film Boxing Helena, and episodes of The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, Quantico, American Horror Story, and Once Upon a Time. The poster was drawn by Italian artist Emanuela Lupacchino, who’s worked on Supergirl, Green Lanterns, X-Factor, Avengers Universe, Batman and Robin, and more.

Episode 212AKA Pray for my Patsy

Episode 12 was directed by Liz Friedlander, who has also worked on episodes of Pretty Little Liars, Melrose Place, 90210, One Tree Hill, Conviction, and more. Comics veteran June Brigman, who’s done illustrations for Scarlet Witch, Hulk, X-Men, Spider-Man, Supergirl, and countless othersnot to mention co-creator of the Marvel series Power Packdid the poster.

Episode 213AKA Playland

The last show of the season was directed by German director Uta Briesewitz, whose directing credits include episodes of Hung, Iron Fist, the Defenders, and This is Us. Annie Wu did the poster; she’s also worked on Hawkeye, Young Avengers, Archie, Black Canary, and Batman Beyond.

The sheer amount of talent in these women alone bodes well for season 2. I can’t wait.