{comics} womanthology: the past & present

Womanthology-Cover-BigI’ve a few sections more…and I’m debating hosting a giveaway.  I cannot (presently) afford the cost/shipping of Heroic, but there are installments of Space that look doable. I’ve birthday money that may persuade me to at least makes sure a copy of Heroic ends up in your local (public or school) library… Yes? No? Would you be in?

Meanwhile…three remarkable inclusions in Womanthology: Heroic that should make your comic artist heart a bit hungry.

“Women of the Past: Life Stories and Artwork by the Women of Comics History,” “Creator Interviews: In-depth Interviews with Professional Women in the Comic Book Industry” and “How to Create Comics!: In-depth Articles Teaching you the Ins and Outs of Creating Comic Books!” Highlighting the first two sections are a sentence from each and thus merely a scratch of the surface. The last is list of what articles & artists Womanthology: Heroic is offering.


“Women of the Past” (311-21) editor, Laura Morley.

womanthology tarpe

“Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury” (312-3) by Trina Robbins. June Tarpe Mills (1912-1988) was “contributing to comics the likes of The Purple Zombie and Dare Devil Barry Finn when in 1941, beating Wonder Woman to the punch by six months, she debuted Miss Fury, the first major costumed action heroine in comics.”

“Nell Brinkley” (314-5) by Trina Robbins. “By the 1920s, Nell [Brinkley (1886-1944)] was drawing an early from of comics, though without panel borders or speech balloons.”

“Rose O’Neill” (316-8) by Colleen  Doran. “At the age of 14, [Rose O’Neill (1874-1944)] entered an art contest sponsored by the Omaha World Herald. Her drawing skills were so advanced that the judges were unable to believe the winning entry was the work of a girl with no formal training.”

“Ethel Hays” (319-21) by Colleen Doran. The incredibly skilled Ethel Hays (1892-1989) “not only produced a beautiful catalogue of work, but supported and encouraged the careers of other young women cartoonists.”

womanthology hays


“Creator Interviews” (300-10) editor, Jennifer Doudney. Click on the names for links to their sites; these women are being interviewed for a reason (included info quoted from each woman’s site). The questions vary, some tailored to the specific woman, many general and of the fun/interesting sort.


Colleen Doran (“illustrator, film conceptual artist, cartoonist, and writer whose published works number in the hundreds.” the example client list is impressive): “Don’t try to be famous, try to be good.”

Devin Grayson (“Best known as a mainstream comic book writer for DC’s Batman titles, Devin is also a novelist, video game scripter, RPG enthusiast, essay writer and copy editor.”) : “I never writer anything without making a music soundtrack/playlist for it first.”

June Brigman (artist, teacher, co-creator of Power Pack (Marvel) and draws newspaper strip Brenda Starr.) “I was one of those horse-crazy girls. If I live long enough, I’ll be a horse-crazy old lady.”

Louise Simonson (comic book writer & editor best known for her work Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, Superman: The Man of Steel, and Steel): she explains why she “prefers the traditional heroes to the current anti-hero trend”—and I couldn’t pick one, nor did I want to type the section out.


Nicola Scott (comic book artist out of Australia whose works include Birds of Prey & Secret Six): loves Wonder Woman and her favorite food? Bacon.

Robin Furth (personal research assistant to Stephen King, author of The Dark Tower: A Concordance, volume I.): “Meet up with other comic book writers and artists. Pair up, talk about the work. Support each other. Collaboration is a magical experience.”

Wendy Pini (co-creator of the Elfquest series, most recent project Wendy Pini’s Masque of the Red Death) : “some words of caution: self-publishing on the Internet takes technical know-how. You need to network with experienced other to learn the ropes. And only a very few web-comics manage to turn a profit.”

Posy Simmonds (British newspaper cartoonist & writer/illustrator of children’s books): answers: “what do you think is distinct about the UK’s comics and cartooning culture, as compared with traditions in continental Europe and the US?” great question.


“How to Create Comics” (277-99) editor, Rachel Deering. links to names will give you a sense of their work.

How to…Write Comics! by Barbara Kesel

How to…Draw in Ink! by Ming Doyle

How to…Ink Comics! by Barbara Kaalberg

How to…Color Comics! by Nei Ruffino


How to…Letter Comics! by Rachel Deering

How to…Draw Monsters! by Fiona Staples

How to…Color with Markers by Jessica Hickman

How to…Color Digitally by Alicia Fernandez

How to…Draw Hands by Qing Han

How to…Build a Sketch by Katie Shanahan



{images thanks to this lovely book preview page}

my most recent Womanthology: Heroic post which will have links to all previous installments. lazy, I know…


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