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From the Author

I am normally a comic book artist, but I started this anthology project to gather together women in comics to create something fun for a good cause. Women from every level of comics experience were welcome to participate, and we ended up with over 150 contributors ranging from age 5 to over 70! It's been an amazing experience, and I hope everyone who buys this book knows just how much you're supporting female creators in comics and their work! Thank you!

About the Author

Renae De Liz is a comic book artist (recently of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel "The Last Unicorn") as well as the adaptation of Anne Rice's "Servant of the Bones. In 2011 she started the "Womanthology" book as project manager. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and 2 sons.
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Product Details

  • Series: Womanthology
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613771479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613771471
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maria D. Zamparelli on July 27, 2012
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After reading The writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler (also purchased thought Amazon) I confirmed what I had been thinking about: a woman's journey is not equivalent to a man's. So I started looking for other writers that focused on this "feminine" outlook on life, journeys, cycles, aesthetic perspective, etc.
Since I have great interest in the image I immediately purchased this book captivated by it's premise: a book about women in comics, written by women, edited by women with only female contributors in every aspect of the making of the book.
As I read the foreword my enthusiasm for the initiative increased. It all began like a whisper; a message on Twitter. by Renae De Liz a comic book artist. Her initial idea was to see if other women creators were interested in working on a book with proceeds going to charity. More that 100 contributors signed in that same day. Talk about creative hunger. Once the word was out there was no stopping the process. In order to meet the economic demand of such a project it was launched in Kickstarter on July 7 2011. In 19 hours the project had surpassed its $25,000 mark. In 30 days 2001 people had pledged to the project.
This is a big, beautiful book. But best of all is the wealth of how to information women can find in it about the process of writing comics, of the realities of the comic business, on how to approach an editor or publisher, pro tips that demystify the process of the "exclusive" world of comics.
The section STORIES offers a sample of magnificent creators and their work.
In FEATURES there is a wealth of information on How to Create Comics from how to write comics to how to dray in ink, how to ink, how to color, how to letter,draw monsters,coloring with markers, color digitally to name a few.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on September 12, 2012
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This anthology is not perfect, but it is really, really, good! Because each contribution is quite short, usually about four pages long, you get a wide selection of stories and a sense of the diversity of what women in comics are writing about. I basically devoured this book in a day. I'd love to see a follow up with an even more diverse selection of contributors and story choices (like... more women of color, more queer and trans women, more women with disabilities, etc, and stories that involve elements of these experiences).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Gelly on November 25, 2012
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I love graphic novels and I'm really old :P

I also love it when my friends and family love them too... unfortunately, no real takers :(

UNTIL my very young niece showed real talent as an artist. She noticed my comic books one day and, JOY, I was really happy :)

Unfortunately (again), most of my stuff was over her head (bummer) :(

THEN, I saw a review of this book and thought "perfect". And it's true!!

Each artist in the book talk about their journey and give some really helpful advice on one, or more, aspects of graphic art.

I also really loved the way the book really speaks to budding artists, especially girls.

I can't wait until Christmas for her to get this!!

Excellent purchase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sister Barbara on June 3, 2012
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This is quite a comprehensive compilation of entries from 150 women who are cartoonists, past and present. There are examples of complete cartoons that feature women with strong characters. This hefty volume is printed in color on sturdy glossy paper. It was better than I expected.
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By Akua on July 15, 2014
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This is a cornucopia of experiences, I haven't finished it, yet, but I've skimmed, landed in different places, everytime I open it there is insight, eyecandy, and affirmation. My brother was the one with piles of comic books when I had Analog. So it's with a crone elder's
eye water delight at the feat and the feast, the effort and the accomplishment of this anthology that teaches, informs, celebrates, entertains and inspires.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NYbooklover on April 3, 2012
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Womanthology: Heroic by Barbara Kesel is a collection of graphic stories about heroic women done by women from the ages of ten to over seventy from eleven different countries. It has a picture of the writer and artist covering their skills, their location (where they live), and a fun fact about themselves. It was interesting to see where some of the people who have these talents live.

It includes tips and encouraging notes to other new upcoming writers and artists such as don't give up, have perseverance, being objective in criticism, setting your own style, and advice on dealing with an editor. I feel that the comments are very helpful.

I found several of the graphic stories enjoyable to read. Some of the writers and artists seem to have promising futures. You will have to read them to enjoy them for yourself.

This unbiased review was based on an electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
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