female comics creators

Some of the most talented women in comics, on Tumblr and beyond, are joining us for a special Women’s History Month Issue Time. 


Maytal Gilboa is the founder and CEO of Emet Comics, a publishing company focused on empowering female comic book creators. In 2016 Emet Comics acquired Fresh Romance, a romance comic anthology from publisher Rosy Press.  Fresh Romance Volume 2 is currently in production and being crowdfunded through Kickstarter.  Prior to starting her publishing company, Maytal spent 4 years working as an executive at animation house, ReelFX Creative Studios, where she worked on films such as The Book of Life, and Freebirds.  Emet’s latest webcomic is Zana.

Sally Jane Thompson is an artist and writer whose work includes comics from Oni, Dark Horse, Image, Oxford University Press, The Phoenix and more, as well as live art, sketch reportage and illustration. She drew The Ruby Equation (with Sarah Kuhn, Savanna Ganucheau and Steve Wands) for Fresh Romance Vol 1, and is returning to the series to both write and draw Under the Oak Trees.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods is an illustrator who got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series, “Millennia War”. January 2015, she met Amandla Stenberg and Stranger Comics at a convention; six months later, she began working on “NIOBE: She Is Life” which went on to sell tens of thousands of copies and inspired many cosplays.

Afua Richardson [ pronounced Ah FOO wah ] is an award winning American Comic-book illustrator best known for her work on Marvel’s Black Panther World of Wakanda. Some of her other works include Wildstorm, Attack on Titan, X-men 92, Captain Marvel, All Star Batman to name a few. Afua is also a musician, voice actor, activist and mentor. As a recipient of the Nina Simone award, she is aptly called a Jane of All trades.

Suzana Harcum and Owen White of the webcomic Tripping Over You are a two-person comics team currently based in Arizona. They are a married lesbian couple who once flirted with each other by creating characters and drawing together, and continue to make LGBTQ positive comics today for the love of writing stories together.

Our panelists will start responding on Monday 27 March

philyosophy  asked:

do you have any tips for someone looking to start their own webcomic? c:


Ok, Anacrine Complex is my first webcomic, so obviously I’m not the most knowledgeable person out there, but hopefully you can find some use out of these things I’ve learned:

1) Start with a plan. It’s good to have at least a rough idea of where you want to go with your story or weekly strip. For me, this means having the script written out completely before I start drawing. For other people, this means having a one-sentence outline. Whatever floats your boat! Just make sure you have some direction for those days you get stuck.

2) Just do it! A lot of people want to wait until their skills are better before diving into a webcomic, so they’re kind of stuck doing the same thing they did before and they never really start their project. AVOID THIS! The beautiful thing about webcomics is that the art and writing are almost expected to improve with time. Look at Paranatural or Nimona for examples! Just go ahead and do your thing, friends. The skills will come with practice.

3) Make short-term goals and stick with them. I sort of arbitrarily set the one-page-a-week goal because I knew I could be successful turning out a good product even during busy weeks. Without that goal, my comic would probably still be a half-finished script floating around on my hard drive.

4) Enjoy the process. Make sure that you don’t focus on praise or fame as the reason for doing your comic! Webcomics are a labor of love that generally take a while for people to recognize and share, so if you don’t enjoy writing and drawing them, ultimately you may want to do another type of project. Be excited about your comic and life will be good. :)

5) Keep asking questions! Both of yourself and of the artists you admire. You’ll continue to improve as you do so.

Here’s a little tutorial video on how to thumbnail comics, and here’s a link to (imho) the best composition book ever for visual storytellers, Framed Ink by Frank Miller.

Good luck in your endeavors! I hope you have a great time making your comic!

Wonder Woman Creator Biopic Gets Mysterious First Teaser
‘Professor Marston & The Wonder Women’ tells the story of the character’s real-life origin.

thisisntacomic  asked:

What are some of the most effective ways for people to support women in the comics industry?

The Best way to support women in comics is to Buy their books!  Share their projects. Tell them what you think of their work. Every little bit helps. I spend a lot of time sitting at home because of the nature of my work. It’s only at conventions that I realize people are moved by it. That’s important to me. It lets me know what I’m doing is really making a difference.

First of all, thank you for asking this question. It is a beautiful question and makes me very happy!  

The comic book industry functions in many ways like most other industries adapting itself to meet the demands of its customers.  The more people buy work from female creators, the more leverage and inherent value they will have in dealing with publishers.  Real empowerment in the comic industry comes from having real fans and being able to guarantee certain sales numbers when a product is distributed in the marketplace.  This is why social media has become so important over the last decade – it is how creators communicate directly with their readers, often urging them to buy the books they are creating.  You should know that anytime you buy something that is made by a female creator, or that features a positive female character, you are voting with your dollars – and telling the publisher that they should keep hiring that creator and making that product.  These same principles apply to supporting female run Kickstarters, buying from female creators at conventions, and showing up at special signings and events that honor those women.  If you can’t afford to buy all the things you love and support, I would suggest following those creators on social media and retweeting and reposting their announcements to help increase the likelihood of other people supporting them.  Thank you for supporting female creators!

Dirty Diamonds issue 7: Imagination <<pledge to the kickstarter!

This is the cover image I painted for the newest issue of Dirty Diamonds! Issue 7: Imagination is a an ALL-GIRL comic anthology featuring over 60 artists, many of whom are my dear friends and all exceptionally talented. The >>KICKSTARTER<< (also linked above) ends in 4 days, and it’s SO CLOSE to being funded. Please consider pledging! Most of the funds will go towards paying the artists, which is why the goal is so high. Your pledge helps 60 amazing female comic creators pay their rent. 

I really enjoyed painting this. I wanted to create a bold, simple composition with bright blue as the main color. Painting water is very satisfying.

Guest Captioner: (Looking at the fanart page) Hey, this Lee even has the graham cracker ears!

Me: That artist is great. And she thinks Ben is hot, which delights me.
Guest Captioner: *shrugs* Hey. Less competition for me, I’m happy.
Me: *Nearly snorting juice out my nose* WARN ME BEFORE YOU SAY STUFF LIKE THAT!

I already posted this image on Twitter for those who follow me there, but a few days ago there was a rather disgusting display of online bullying and harassment and pure sexism on Twitter that drove Marvel’s MOCKINGBIRD writer - Chelsea Cain - off of the social media platform. All this because of a cover where Mockingbird was wearing a shirt that read “ASK ME ABOUT MY FEMINIST AGENDA.” Since then, there’s been a beautiful outpouring of support for Cain (check out the #StandWithChelseaCain tag to see how wonderful it is).

Anyone who reads the damn series knows from Issue #1, Mockingbird has been a feminist character - and she’s not the first, and won’t be the only one. The cover only made it that much more obvious and flushed out the sexist jerks in both fandom and the industry. It’s really telling the kind of people who make excuses in defense of such sexism (including the horrible Riri Williams cover by J. Scott Campbell that fortunately got pulled). 

Despite the fact that I, and many other women/female-identifying comic creators, are still working hard to prove that we belong in comics as much as anyone else, it’s still painfully obvious that big industry is a boy’s club.

Don’t give up, ladies. Be a real Nasty Woman and get your voice heard, your work seen, and don’t stop creating. Don’t read hateful comments, don’t even give them the time of day. It’s hard, and nobody deserves this level of abuse (or any abuse at all), but creating comics is a beautiful thing. In the words of Queen Bey, always stay gracious - best revenge is your paper.

Lee obviously doesn’t understand a covert operation when he sees one.

Dudes and dudettes! We have an awesome opportunity for a DOUBLE UPDATE this week! Just make sure this post (here’s the link) gets 200 notes and you will have TWICE the content for one week! I love you all!


In which Amy Dallen and the creative minds behind Lumberjanes make friendship bracelets and talk about comics. <3 Pick it up tomorrow to support these amazing new comic creators! 

The term SJW is thrown around way too much these days.

“social justice warrior” refers to someone who acts hyper aggressive and militant; who uses social justice as an excuse to bully others and be a jerk.

Someone who strives for equality and isn’t an asshole about it is a social justice advocate.

Trying to promote the work of female comics creators to make them more visible = SJA

Calling someone sexist for not liking a creator who happens to be female = SJW

Marvel's All Female Avengers Debuts in May

Well this has been a fun day for fans of female comic creators and characters. DC Comics kicked off the day with a number of new titles featuring female characters including standalone titles for Black Canary, featuring Annie Wu on art, and Starfire, co-written by Amanda Conner and art by Emanuela Lupacchino. Then Marvel announced an all-female Avengers, “A-Force ” spinning out of Secret Wars in May co-written by G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett

In the release I was sent by Marvel it states:

Within the Warzones! of Secret Wars, a brand new team will lead the way. A-Force Assemble! Marvel Comics reimagines the Marvel Universe in one of the largest shake-ups to the Avengers mythos.
So who are the Marvel powerhouses taking center stage? “She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru and other fan favorites, will take charge,” says series co-writer G. Willow Wilson. “We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of different characters from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies.”
And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, A-Force was born—to fight the foes no single Super Hero could withstand! Their glory will never been denied! Heed the call, A-Force Assemble!

Can’t wait!

DC Comics Announces New Creator on Catwoman; Ups Female Creator Count Again

Three years ago this month DC Comics was being, rightfully, raked over the coals due to their lack of female creators in the launch of the new 52. The past week or so has DC expand the ranks of female writers to seven. Joining Gail Simone, Ann Nocenti and Amanda Conner and Marguerite Bennett who was previously announced as one of the co-writers on Earth 2: World’s End are Becky Cloonan, who was announced as the writer on the upcoming Gotham Academy, Meredith Finch, the new writer on Wonder Woman and today, novelist and i09 contributor Genevieve Valentine who will be taking over Catwoman in October (Nocenti is launching a new Klarion book). Here’s a look at the cover art by Jae Lee.

The book will focus on Catwoman reign as mob boss in Gotham.

The announcements are not over. Expect another one later this week that will bring a female artist to a familiar book.

anonymous asked:

If a female comic book creator sleeps with a comic book journalist and her book just happens to get better coverage than any others, would you be angered?

If a female comic book creator sleeps with anybody, what business is that of mine?


Hey Everyone! Welcome to event #3 of February Femfest- Female Creators Appreciation Week! (or FCAW for short). From February 6th to the 12th, we’re celebrating female creators in comics in the #february femfest and #fcaw tags. We have many organizers preparing posts about our favorite creators, and the schedule for that is here: (this schedule is subject to change for today only. the schedule will be finalized by the end of today.)

day one: Rachel Dodson (sirdef)

day two: Marjorie Liu (hoenn), Mairghread Scott (blackgoliath), Stephanie Hans (sirdef)

day three: Jan Van Meter (docgold13), Megan Rose Gedris (and-umar), Gail Simone (emsyfuckingfitch), Kathryn Immonen (futurefoundations)

day four: Tamora Pierce (deusexignis, fytortall), Sara Pichelli (and-umar), Kelly Sue Deconnick (wokintomordor)

day five: Carla Speed McNeil, Colleen Doran (lucyisawriter) Bettie Breitweiser, Laura Allred, Jordie Bellaire (darlingdarladerrings)

day six: Nicola Scott (angryampersand)

day seven:

If you’d like to sign up for a category, there’s still free creators in the categories list! Send me a message to sign up!

Besides categories, everyone is welcome to post their own meta, fanworks, and thoughts about their favorite creators. Keep an eye on the tag for extra activities!