The List: Women in Comics
Ed’s note: after we interviewed Comic Book Slumber Party’s Hannah K Chapman recently, we were only too happy to say a resounding YES to her suggestion of writing us a monthly list of women to watch out for in comics. Whether they be writers, artists or characters (created by either gender), you’ll find the best of the best here, in The List.
For the first edition of The List I’m going to introduce (or re-acquaint you) with some of my favourite women in comics. And guess what? I’m going to do it again next month, and the month after, and the month after, and then eventually I’ll start talking about the creators in THIS post again because nobody will remember it. Shall we start?
I’m completely in love with Brooklyn based writer/illustrator/comic creator Anne Emonds’ snarky domestic narratives. Whether she’s despairing about a rubbish joke, bothering her cat, or obsessing over her web presence she never fails to make me think “wait, this is MY life”. Besides, the name Comiques sounds classy that even my Granny doesn’t look shocked when I show them to her.
Marian Churchland is one of my favourite artists out there. Her work is delicate and has a painterly quality (or arterly if you’re me and can never remember the word painterly). One of the first things I spotted of hers was a gorgeous cover for Brandon Graham’s Prophet, but it was her Mass Effect 3 fan-comic that had me hooked.
If you’re not reading Saga then WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING? You need to praise Brian K Vaughn for his excellent writing, but it’s clear that both BKV and every-single-fan-ever are blown away each month by Fiona Staple’s humorous and at times way too graphic (I’m thinking of a certain giant…) pages. Plus there’s enough girl power to boil a kettle, what with the 7 regular female characters. And can we take a moment to appreciate how gosh darn sexy this book this?
Angie Wang is an illustrator working out of Los Angeles. Her comics Girl Apocalypse and The Teacup Tree (both available to read online here) are visually stunning, with just the right amount of whimsy and what-is-even-happening-now. It helps that she’s utterly charming in person, and contributed to one of my favourite anthologies of 2012,Thickness 2. Keep an eye out for future comics and her slick editorial illustrations.
Let’s talk about Barbara Thorson for a minute. Regardless of the fact that I Kill Giants is a pretty self explanatory title (there are giants and Barbara literally destroys them) there’s a lot more to this sassy ten-year-old girl than you might think. Not only does she have to cope with the horrors of school, bullies, and her grotty older siblings – something bad is coming. Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura really knocked the ball out of the park with this one.
That’s it for April. I’m always on the look out for new people to cyber stalk so if you’ve got any recommendations then let me know!