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womanthologyWe’ve met Team Suzannah,Team Bonnie and Team Mariah (1 & 2). Continuing a reading of Womanthology: Heroic I am skipping on over to “Kids & Teens,” pages 266-321. This section features “the Art of the Next Generation of Comics.” Womanthology has contributors from over 11 countries, and they range in ages from under 10 to over 70 (p 10). It is fun to see what the youngest of these contributors have to share. I’ll mark the ones I especially liked w/ (!!), but this is particularly worthwhile section overall.

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“Grace Miner’s Paula Pansy” (266) by writer & illustrator Grace Miner (under 10).

Paula Pansy, rendered in 3 different mediums, acts out the story bottom right. Paula “grows up tall and stomps around” when necessary, but otherwise she is happy to be small. You think it would be tempting to say “aw! how cute!” in that cooing voice, but it is completely unnecessary with Miner’s comic. It’s more “Hey, that’s some good work.”

{note on page shown, the tip is different.} Wired‘s “Geek Mom” Rebecca Angel’s interview w/ Grace.

“Heroic!” (267) by cartoonist Morgan Denham

Denham draws a girl in an open landscape out-of-doors, a question mark on her tee shirt. Above she poetically explores what “Heroic is/feels/can be…” It ends with the exclamation “Heroic can be anything or anyone, even you!” Denham has great thoughts on heroism. I like the color, the girl’s hair, and that fab expression on her face. That face and her hand up and open seems to be saying: “hey! Just a moment here, I define me, I define heroic.”

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!! “Super Teen Slumber Party” (268-9) by pencillers: Eleni Ladd (older teen and the letterer), Kalyssa Ladd, Kelsie Ladd and Samara Ladd. adults: writer: Gail Simone and colors by Mary Bellamy.

5 teen super-heroines need a break after the “Infinite Crossover War” and want to hang out before parting ways. The comic follows their play throughout the night, and the structure allows for the incorporation of the different artists, but even still the end result is pretty impressive. There is some serious talent in this family. It’s a good story, funny and light-hearted.

Wired‘s “Geek Mom’s” Rebecca Angel interviewed the siblings re: Womanthology: Eleni, Kelsie, Kalyssa & Samara

!! “untitled” (270) by painter Kelsey Lee (teen).

a figure of energy and light.

“untitled” (271) by penciller Moira Feener-Jarrett (11)

The text talks about role-playing games and playing the villain and the hero, explaining how the goblin in the image could be re-imagined as heroic. Not just creative in the visual expression but in thinking about the theme. Moira has drawn a fantastic goblin!

“untitled” (272-3) writer Brittany Battles, artist Nicole Pannebaker (teens)

a fan of a particular music artist is rescued by her said singer; actually pulled back from a speeding car on the street. You can read the message of how music saves. Maybe even how you may like a musician for good reason (thinking how they can be good role models, etc). I am intrigued by how similar the fan and the celebrity are drawn to look—a point to mimicry or similitude?

!! “Joan of Arc” (274) by artist Summer Hemingray (grade-school?).

Tells the story of Joan of Arc through to a very amusing end in 6 frames. Miss Hemingray makes many look long-winded in their art…and she also rightfully questions the sanity of some heroes, to say nothing of considering the costs.

Wired‘s “Geek Mom” Rebecca Angel’s interview w/ Miss Hemingray.

“untitled” (275) by penciller, colorist, inker Shayla Simons.

The renderings of 3 super hero girls show off color, shading and great hair. I like that the trio, just waiting for action, have different physical features, too. adore the freckles.

“untilted” (276) by penciller, inker Ceili Conway (teen) [see image here]

A girl in armor kneels to help a wounded dragon while war rages behind them, beyond the large stones affording them this quiet moment. I like the movement from the dominant figure of the young woman down and left where her eyes meet the backward leaning dragon. Her outstretched arm drawing the eye to the arrow. The movement is a bit uncomfortable directionally which adds a lovely bit of drama to the moment.

Rebbecca Angel interviews Ceili for Wired “Geek Mom”

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sprinkled throughout Womanthology: Heroic there are “Pro-Tips.” This section boasts “tips on how to build a career as a professional artist!” I was tempted to transcribe the “Tips for Kids,” but I’d rather you have this book in hand and enjoy them in situ. If you really must know sooner, ask me. Otherwise, in brief:

(266) “Practice” from Nicole Falk; “artists work hard, drawing and practicing everyday.”

(267) “Little Things” from Renae De Liz; “Pay attention to the little things now.

(270) “Too Young” from Jessica Hickman; you are “never too young to start creating books…”

(271) “Everyday” from Suzannah Rowntree; offers a great tip on what to draw everyday.

(273) “Ask Yourself” from Laura Morley; offers questions that could help create a full-blown story from an inkling.

(274) “Library Comics” from Jessica Hickman. make use of your resources.

(275) “Don’t Give up!” from Laura Morley; “perseverance is the most important skill you’ll need.”

(276) “Challenge Yourself” from Renae De Liz; “Flex your artistic muscles.”

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