Graphic Ladies!?

Graphic Ladies features the work of ladies who create and critique comics. We also tweet!

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  1. Five amazing stories told by five incredible women. 

    symboliamag:

    SYMBOLIA PRESENTS: HEROINES!

    Prepare yourself for a powerful experience. Get it: iPad // PDF // Kindle.

    Heroines is packed with incredible stories told by courageous women from around the world. Meet veterans of the U.S. military, belly dancers, women who have escaped Nepal’s human trafficking trade, and more! Heroines is included with a Symbolia subscription, and can be purchased as a single issue for $2.99.

    This issue features:

    • Nichole Marinaccio de Freitas and Jeff Ruliffson on hard choices, tattoos, and military life.
    • Luna and Leela Corman share a day in the life of a belly dancer in contemporary Cairo.
    • Dan Archer interviews Meera, a survivor of human trafficking in Nepal.
    • Sara Mirk and Lucy Bellwood interview two veterans who served at Guantánamo Bay.

    To read this issue, subscribe to Symbolia: on iPad // via PDF // Kindle Editions.

     
     
  2. "Polgreen has said that at least 50 percent of contributors for each issue [of Symbolia] will be women. “The lack of women is an ongoing issue in both the journo and comics worlds, and this is a way to address it,” says Polgreen, who also runs a Tumblr called Graphic Ladies!?, a showcase of women’s work."
    — 

    Check out this sneak preview of Symbolia in CJR! More news soon, we promise. (via symboliamag)

    Graphic Ladies!? got a shoutout in CJR as part of a profile of Symbolia. We can’t wait to share our new project with you. If you’re a lady comics maker—or journo—and want to pitch Symbolia, click here

     
     
  3. "Recently, however, there was some interesting backlash against the idea of “geek girls” — namely the perception that there is an insincere or pandering element to some women identifying themselves as geeks or comic book fans, particularly when they happen to be attractive actresses or comics bloggers who prominently identify that they are ladies. We decided to assemble several of the most prominent women in comics media to talk about the “geek girl” phenomenon, how things have changed (or not) over the last couple decades, and the way women in comics are regarded by the mainstream media, superhero comics, and other female fans. ComicsAlliance Editor-in-Chief Laura Hudson teamed up with Blair Butler, the host of G4’s Fresh Ink, Heidi MacDonald, the editor of The Beat, and Jill Pantozzi, a contributor to sites including Newsarama and Publishers Weekly to discuss."
     
     
  4. "When you talk about strong female characters as part of what makes your book appealing — or, alternatively, a female character who kicks ass — there’s often a tickle at the back of my head, as though the implication is that women aren’t normally this strong or kick ass (a term I use loosely), and so this character is somehow special in that regard, and therefore stands out because of it."
     
     
  5. Not quite comics/comics criticism by women, but important to GraphicLadies. (via Gender Gap At The Big Two by Tim Hanley Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors)

    Not quite comics/comics criticism by women, but important to GraphicLadies. (via Gender Gap At The Big Two by Tim Hanley Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors)

     
     
  6. "Back when I ran a separate blog, around 2004, I used to post “chick checks”, counts of how many women were working on DC and Marvel titles weekly. The numbers were horrible, for the most part, especially if you were looking at the big roles, writer, penciler, and inker."
    — Counting Women in Superhero Comics: Ratios Still Terrible by Johanna Draper Carlson. Not quite our regular content, but worth noting all the same.