So I went to my local comic book shop last Wednesday, and was stoked to find that they’d put on a flier promoting Womanthology, the graphic novel (read: comic book) collecting the work of various women in the industry. The brainchild of artist Renae DeLiz (the awesome artist of The Last Unicorn and assorted issues of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog*), it has caused a big splash in the comic-sphere, gaining a huge amount of contributors (including established talent like Gail Simone, as well as people who’ve never been published before) and becoming one of the best-funded projects on Kickstarter in a ridiculously short period of time. It’s also a particularly timely project, given DC Comic’s recent marginalization of their female fans, characters, and creators: the success of a project like this is the perfect way to let it (and Marvel, and all other companies, really) that women do read comics, and that, in ignoring this particular audience, they only do themselves harm. Also, I hope this does well enough with the menfolk to make DC and Co. realize that HEY! A lot of us have no problem reading stuff created by and for women.
So yeah. If you’re into comic books as a medium, or feel that you’d like comic books as a medium but never given it a shot, or if you just like to support female artists and have money to invest, please consider giving this a shot. I’m not exactly sure when its released–their Facebook page has a tentative December 7 date–but if you contact your nearest comic book shop–which you can locate via this handy page–they should be able to reserve it for you.
* By the way, for those of you wondering what comic book one should give a child between the ages of 7-13, Sonic the Hedgehog is a darn good choice. It’s Avatar: The Last Airbender if Aang was a small blue mammal.