|by StrayCatBlues on March 22, 2012, 05:46:00 PM
It’s here! Its NOW!
And it’s on the shelves at your local comic book store!!
So what has got me all excited this week!!
Well, it’s the new IDW released book.
Back in May of 2011 comic book artist and busy mum, Renae De Liz was the brains behind this fabulous tweeted idea which took the heights of 8 miles high in 60 minutes.
Her idea being of course putting a anthology together by a handful of women with in the comics industry and proceeds would go to charity.
This book put together the top ranking professional females with the less experienced which offered up huge chances to gain knowledge and experience.
As soon as you were part of this project, you never felt left out, at whatever minor level you played. We were constantly updated on new trials and tribulations that the idea faced getting off the ground, sure… the idea soared, but there was still the concern of a publisher AND being put together for charity.
Not long after, publisher IDW stepped up. This lent credibility which gave the green light to the project, as well as letting over 150 women be published by a major company giving their work worldwide coverage.
BUT… There was HUGE printing costs to consider, so the kickstarter campaign began.
Womanthology had to meet the $25,000 mark in 30 days for full support.
Within 19 hours it reached its 25,000 goal, by 30 days, it had the backing of $109,301 with 2,001 people confirming they would back the project, support coming from, comix, films, high profile creators (like Stephen King) and beyond right across the globe!
Now we have this beautiful featured book…
Crammed with stories being displayed via teams.
The book kicks off with Team Jessica! (Jessica Hickman) and the story SUPERLESS HERO, written by Kelly Thompson and illustrated by French artist Stephanie Hans.
Team Jessica, gives us stats and professional tips and glorious art by the likes of June Brigman and Stephanie Buscema.
We see some classic noir in the story The Spinster, which really is a treat for the eyes.
I have been introduced to the classic art of Netherlands artist Lois Van Baarle, who puts her fine art skills straddled with fantasy illustration harmoniously.
The story of The Aviator and the Elephant by Kimberly Komatsu is oh so poignant and its sentiments hit me hard. It is probably one of my favourite stories of the book.
This takes us into Team Mariah (Mariah McCourt).
Here in team Mariah we see tips and advice into breaking in the world comix, why it’s hard, but why it's also rewarding?
The feel of the stories change from the classic illustration kicking it off MANGA style!
We have back to back stories covering the majority of genres showing that us women can truly kick all kinds of ass!
So kicking that arse right into team three; Team Bonnie (Bonnie Burton) who is a script writer, her section lends the feel of animated TV programs through and through, think Ben 10 and Avatar crossed with steampunk and you won’t go far wrong.
Beautiful examples of digital illustration and graphics. This section of the book has introduced me to concepts and ideas that I wouldn’t necessarily have chosento read but it’s been pleasurable and expanded my views and opinions within this area positively.
Onto Team Suzannah, part four (Suzannah Rowntree)
Team Suzannah puts together stories which focus on relationships and adolecance and is combined with a snippet about what it was like to be the only girl reading Spiderman…. funny, witty and will strike a chord with many geek girl.
This section can get quite dark and touches upon some serious subjects, it’s intense, and shows how powerful a few correctly chosen words can be.
We get tips from Devin Grayson on how to be self-employed and what it actually means by self-employment which leads into a lighter tone to the chapter.
Part Five is presented by Team Nicole, (Nicole Falk) who designs packaging for toy manufactures.
We learn how to social network and balance the personal/professional divides, as well as putting together a great portfolio.
This chapter is full of super heroics, from goddesses, warriors and mythology to a beautiful one page piece by Beck Seashols of a little girl’s dreams of becoming a superhero and rescuing kitties!
Which is the end to our Team chapters?
The next section of the book in my opinion is a perfect companion to this love letter of feminine creativity as it showcases children’s and teenagers ideas for comix and more:
Paula Pansy comes in handy,
Paula Pansy, she also loves candy,
When the bad guys push her down,
She grows up tall and stomps around (on bad guys)
Then she grows small happily.
By Grace Miner aged 8.
Then we come to the nitty gritty chapters on how to writecomix, How to Ink?
Pencil! colour! Become a letterer.
How to draw monsters! Digital colouring, and sketching.
Tons of interviews, by creators such as Colleen Doran, Devin Grayson, June Brigman, Louise Simonson, Nicola Scott, Robin Furth, Wendy Pini, and Posy Simmonds.
There are tributes and looks into the lives of ''women of the past'', the wonderful Tarpe Mills, Nell Brinkley, Rose O’Neil, and Ethel Hays.
So here lies the most important part of this trip… (for me anyhow.)
This Monday I walked into my local Forbidden Planet to be greeted with ‘It’s in!!!, Gill, it’s in!’
There up on the top shelf with it's glistening glory, creaky spine and new book smell…
Back in Sept 2011 I submitted my application with full description and WIPs of the Joker bust that I wheel out every now again, as it's what I feel to be my magnum opus.
I got the email to say my name and moniker would be in there…
But to actually see it in print was a thrill and to buy it from the comic store an even bigger thrill!!
In fact my name is in twice, as I’m under artist and backer sections, and I feel very proud to have been part of this project, even in such a tiny way.
(Even my dear old mum was proud! and thinks this book is all kinds of awesome!)
TALK ABOUT IT HERE!