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iFanboy Upstarts: Agnes Garbowska

iFanboy Upstarts: Agnes Garbowska | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Pulsing biceps. Gritted teeth. Bloody blades. There’s more to comics than its most angst-y and bloodthirsty aspects. Fans found that out when Skottie Young made his star turn with his work on the Marvel Oz books and his recent tour de force of covers. Proving there’s a place for all-ages illustration in superhero comics, another artist is entering that fray:Agnes Garbowska.

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Female-oriented graphic novel Blades of Hope launched at Middle East Film and Comic Con | The National

Female-oriented graphic novel Blades of Hope launched at Middle East Film and Comic Con | The National | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Sohaib Awan, founder of Jabal Entertainment and publisher of the new graphic novel Blades of Hope talks about the growing demand for strong female characters and how the new series represents the strength of women in society.
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On writing Tomboy » Liz Prince Power

On writing Tomboy » Liz Prince Power | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Tomboy, my graphic novel is coming out from Zest Books in September of this year.…Tomboy is my story of growing up with gender identity issues.  For the first half of my life I wanted to be a boy; this book deals with the reasons why, and the reactions to, my staunch refusal of being a girl.

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Goodreads Book giveaway for Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

Goodreads Book giveaway for Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Enter to win one of 10 free copies of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios's surprise-hit series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Giveaway dates from Apr 14-May 12, 2014.

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Gendercrunching The Marvel Retreat - Bleeding Cool

Gendercrunching The Marvel Retreat - Bleeding Cool | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Comic creators at the Marvel retreat? 100% male. Marvel reps have countered that there were a number of women Marvel editors present at the Summit …

 

And while Marvel have certainly been upping the number of female voices amongst comic creators of late, these summits are where the creative future of Marvel comics is set and decided, it’s here where individual voices can have their say, be taken on and greenlit.

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The Mary Sue Interview: The Creators of Webcomic Strong Female Protagonist

The Mary Sue Interview: The Creators of Webcomic Strong Female Protagonist | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Last week we came back from MoCCA bearing an interview with Fiona Staples, and this week we're bringing you another, with Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag, writer and artist behind the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist. They tell us how their initial idea for SFP was to respond to the misuse of the strong female protagonist trope, but that that idea evolved very quickly into an inventive superhero story exploring many of the tropes of modern superhero universes... that just so happens to have a female protagonist.
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MoCCA Art Fest 2014 and Fiona Staples Q&A

MoCCA Art Fest 2014 and Fiona Staples Q&A | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

"I had a real interest in visual story telling. When you read a book, you create images in your mind. I just thought when I was reading stories, what I imagined was so cool. I just thought that the things I was seeing deserved to be recorded somehow. So I always enjoy doing drawings and creating representations of the things that I read, which is basically what I do when I read a comic script."

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Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists, 1896-2013 Exhibit at SFPL

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists, 1896-2013 Exhibit at SFPL | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

While the general public is all too familiar with superheroes such as Superman, Spiderman, Batman and others, lesser known is how many women drew comics in the early 20th Century and drew them beautifully and often hilariously. Through photos, letters, original artwork, toys, comic books and other ephemera this exhibition discusses the first woman comic strip artist Rose O’Neill and her comic The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine in 1896 and other women cartoonists from the late 19th century to now. 

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The Carol Corps and the Kamala Korps Are Changing the Way Marvel Thinks About Female Superheroes

The Carol Corps and the Kamala Korps Are Changing the Way Marvel Thinks About Female Superheroes | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

The devoted fans in the Carol Corps and Kamala Korps view themselves as part of a movement for a bigger and more diverse comic book universe, and it seems like publishers might finally be starting to pay attention. Both Ms. Marvel and the rebooted Captain Marvel are part of Marvel NOW!, an effort by the publisher to attract new readers…[as well as] launching some new female solo titles, including Black Widow, She-Hulk, and Elektra.

 

 

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Ulli Lust wins LA Times Book Award | Fantagraphics Books

Ulli Lust wins LA Times Book Award | Fantagraphics Books | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Ulli Lust just won the 2014 LA Times Book Award for Graphic Novels & Comics for her excellent Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. This prestigious award joins her 2011 Angouleme Prize for the original language printing and her Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel from last fall.

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ABC's 'Revenge' soap opera spills into graphic novel

ABC's 'Revenge' soap opera spills into graphic novel | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

TV heroine's journey of vengeance spills into comic shops with the graphic novel 'Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne' this fall. Co-written by Erica Schultz

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Hire This Woman: Artist Afua Richardson

Hire This Woman: Artist Afua Richardson | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Afua Richardson has worked in comics for years including at Marvel, DC, and Image under her own name and pseudonyms Lakota Sioux and Docta Foo. Her comic Genius with writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman won Top Cow’s 2007 Pilot Season and will be published this year as a miniseries.

 

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The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Interview With Connie Sun - The Rumpus.net

The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Interview With Connie Sun - The Rumpus.net | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Connie Sun is a New-York based cartoonist who posts a daily comic on her website Connie to the Wonnie.  The Rumpus had the pleasure of talking with her about her work

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Mimi Yoon defends her Powerpuff Girls cover — The Beat

Mimi Yoon defends her Powerpuff Girls cover — The Beat | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Artist Mimi Yoon has defended her “grown up Powerpuff Girls” cover for the comic that was withdrawn after some complaints online. The cover—showing adult versions of the girls drawn in a very tame version of a more fetishy, girlie style that Yoon often uses—was criticized for being an inappropriate for the cover of a kids comic—Yoon posted a public piece on Facebook about the matter…

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Interview: Lucie Ebrey - dogs wear plaid | Comics&Cola

Interview: Lucie Ebrey - dogs wear plaid | Comics&Cola | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Lucie Ebrey began posting her 4-panel diary comics in December 2012, partly as a reaction to one of her comic heroes, James Kochalka, retiring his own diary strip, American Elf, and has been steadily gaining a following ever since. Going through over a year's worth of strips to pick out a few with which to illustrate this piece, the progress and evolution of her work is both astonishing and clear to see. Ebrey's depicts herself in the strip as a blue dog, often in a signature hat and plaid shirt, and the easy affability of her personality and portrayal of everyday events has no doubt been pivotal to its growing popularity.

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Bechdel & Co. are bringing 'Fun Home' musical to South Carolina - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Bechdel & Co. are bringing 'Fun Home' musical to South Carolina - Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

In the wake of the uproar in South Carolina over her graphic memoir Fun Home, cartoonist Alison Bechdel has joined with the producers and cast of the musical adaptation to bring the acclaimed off-Broadway show to the College of Charleston.

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Hire This Woman: Artist Alison Sampson

Hire This Woman: Artist Alison Sampson | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Architect and artist Alison Sampson is relatively new to the world of comics, but has done work for both IDW Publishing and Image. In addition to her Image one-shot Genesis with writer Nathan Edmondson (on sale this week), Sampson is also working on the comic Winnebago Graveyard with writer Steve Niles for Black Mask

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How Award-Winning Novelist Nancy Collins Plans to Bring VAMPIRELLA Back to Horror Roots

How Award-Winning Novelist Nancy Collins Plans to Bring VAMPIRELLA Back to Horror Roots | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Vampirella gets a new first issue in June 2014, and writer Nancy Collins tells us about her plans.
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Natasha Allegri's Record-Breaking Web Series 'Bee And Puppycat' Gets Kaboom! Comic Series

Natasha Allegri's Record-Breaking Web Series 'Bee And Puppycat' Gets Kaboom! Comic Series | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

KaBOOM!, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the May debut of BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 from fan-favorite creator Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE). After breaking the record for most funded web series on Kickstarter, this quirky take on the magical girl genre is coming to comics this May with co-writer Garrett Jackson and covers illustrated by Allegri, Zac Gorman (ADVENTURE TIME), Coleman Engle (BRAVEST WARRIORS), and Becky Dreistadt (ADVENTURE TIME).


“When Natasha and Frederator Studios put up the first ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ animated short last summer, we were instantly smitten, just like thousands of other fans,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Any opportunity to work with Natasha is a joy; ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ is a delightful (and hilarious!) series that readers of all ages can enjoy. And judging by the enormous fan response to the animated episodes, it’s sure to bring new readers to comics, which is one of our ongoing missions.”


WHY WE LOVE IT: Because Natasha Allegri is simply amazing. She built up a big fan-following on Tumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters (Fionna and Cake) that became so popular they put them into the show. Then, she created BEE AND PUPPYCAT and it became the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. How could we NOT publish it?


WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You might already love it if you’re one of the thousands who supported the Kickstarter campaign, but for those of you just joining us, if you like stories that feature magical girls like Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica, and Powerpuff Girls, you will enjoy BEE AND PUPPYCAT! It’s a slice-of-life story with a twist, and it has so much comedy and enchantment you can’t help but be swept up.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray...whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.


BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 arrives in comic shops on May 14th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140984. Cover A by Natasha Allegri and Cover B by Zac Gorman will ship in a 50/50 intermix. Variant covers by Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt will be available in limited quantities. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

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Q&A: Cartoonist and 'Over Easy' author Mimi Pond

Q&A: Cartoonist and 'Over Easy' author Mimi Pond | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

[Mimi] Pond's fantastic new graphic memoir, Over Easy, tells the colorful story of her years employed at a restaurant in Oakland. The job came at a time when hippie culture was rapidly giving way to the punks, and drugs and casual sex were just another savory part of life. "It's really about navigating that moral swamp of the '70s when there were no rules…It was really fun until one day when it wasn't anymore."

 

 

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Siya Oum paints an apocalyptic background for new Lola comic book series

Siya Oum paints an apocalyptic background for new Lola comic book series | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

A post-apocalyptic narrative created by Siya Oum hit the racks of Phoenix Comics Wednesday as part of the Capitol Hill-based artist’s first national comic book release. Oum painstakingly forged the tale dubbed Lola out of her Capitol Hill abode through a mostly solo coloring, designing, and writing process…The apocalyptic storyline paints a bleak future for the planet’s environment while creating the legend of Lola and fleshing out the heroine. “It’s a more personal story,” Oum said.

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Review: Pregnant Butch by A.K. Summers | The Comics Journal

Review: Pregnant Butch by A.K. Summers | The Comics Journal | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

The graphic memoir Pregnant Butch is as direct as its title: a drily whimsical, whipsmart, culturally resonant tale. It’s educational and political, but artist/creator A.K. Summers never forgets she is, first and foremost, telling a story…Her story’s pace is assured and her keen sense of humor shines throughout even the most fraught confessionals.

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Tits & Clits: Joyce Farmer & Lyn Chevli's Radical Honesty « The Hooded Utilitarian

Tits & Clits: Joyce Farmer & Lyn Chevli's Radical Honesty « The Hooded Utilitarian | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

The confrontation of Tits & Clits was not only that it talked about women’s sex lives truthfully, but that it did so from a woman’s viewpoint. Tits & Clits, in significantly eroding the private/public boundary, delved deep into the realm of the personal, so deep that it went well beyond mainstream feminist thought at the time, at least according to Farmer and Chevli.

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Gail Simone Aims High with "Completely Badass" "Tomb Raider" - Comic Book Resources

Gail Simone Aims High with "Completely Badass" "Tomb Raider" - Comic Book Resources | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Writer and avid gamer Gail Simone tells CBR News how much writing Dark Horse's soon-to-debut Tomb Raider comic book means to her.
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Black Women in Comics: A panel discussion at NYC’s annual Black Comic Festival | The Post Racial Times

Black Women in Comics: A panel discussion at NYC’s annual Black Comic Festival | The Post Racial Times | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

If you’re not white, male, or lie somewhere high up on the privilege axis, do you integrate and try to move up the ranks or do you branch out on your own? For the all female panel, a direct answer was hard to come by. But in this industry dominated by white men, these women have made their way by writing their own rules.

 

 

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Aussie Women in Aussie Comics Podcast

Aussie Women in Aussie Comics Podcast | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Welcome to Part ONE of our very special Podcast Special on Aussie Women in Comics ! The Squeamer is joined in the studio with guest contributor Stevie O’Cuana to intro this first of it’s kind podcast, with the women themselves, the comic creators, the artists ,the writers and their views and opinions their VOICE about the experiences they have had, and do have in the Australian comics culture…

 

 

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