Finding women in the comic book world is kind of like shucking oysters and suddenly finding a pearl. In a world of murky sexist content you might find 1 in 15 artists working on comics are female, and “female writers and artists are sporadic at best” says Tim Hanley, a comic book blogger.
Breaking into the world of mainstream comics like DC or Marvel as a woman is difficult and hard to tolerate considering the rampant sexism and misogyny associated with these companies. That’s why female artists and writers often create their own content and find outside ways of funding.
Here’s a list of three comics created by ladies who successfully funded their books on kickstarter, you go girls!
1) Heroic, A Womanthology, by Renae De Liz.
This little diddy is a throwback to August of 2011 but definitely worth checking out. This massive all girl comic anthology reached over four times its pledged goal and raked in $109,301. The Womanthology was meant to showcase the work of over 140 women of all experience levels working in comics.
2) Oh Joy, Sex Toy, The Book, by Erika Moen.
If you’re not familiar with Erika’s popular blog “Oh Joy, Sex Toy” then get ready for a dose of NSFW awesome. Erika has been running the web comic about sex education and sex toy product reviews for over a year now, so her blog is chock-full of awesome illustrations and informational tidbits. Now Erika wants to make a book about the content on her blog. Erika reached her pledged goal in her first day of the kickstarter, plus $7,000 and we still have 28 days to go.
3)Strong Female Protagonist: Book One, by Molly Osterag.
Molly Osterag has been working on the webcomic “Strong Female Protagonist” The story of a regular girl with super-strength, invincibility, and “crippling sense of social injustice” and is ready to move from web to page. Written by Brennan Lee Mulligan and drawn by Molly, the web comic has received critical acclaim. The kickstarter has reached more than four times it’s pledged goal of $8,000 and is now resting at $20,145.
These ladies are proving that women are an important attribute to comics and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We need women content creators, we want content created for women, and we’re not going to stop until we’ve got it.
Mary Rockcastle is a florist, illustrator, and craftswoman living in Rochester, New York. She’s the sole founder of Little Lamb Studios, and #1 biggest fan of all dogs.