When you look at the current comics landscape, you can see that compelling, nuanced female characters are really starting to emerge as a driving force. And while we still have a long way to go in terms of representation among creators, more and more female writers and artists are getting their voices out there.
Most of us probably know about Kamala Khan, Barbara Gordon, Carol Danvers, and Kate Kane. All of whom are amazing. But there is a whole wealth of somewhat lesser-known comics driven by women, including anthologies. Here are a few of the anthologies that feminist fans of comics should know about.
This anthology features the work of 140 female creators, at all levels of experience in the industry. Published by IDW, the first issue, Heroic, focuses on themes of female heroes, while the follow-up volume, Space, centers around stories related to the broadly interpreted theme. The books also include how-tos, and sections showcasing the work of teens and kids.
This upcoming anthology is being spearheaded by veteran editor Shelly Bond, and will feature stories of 30 highly accomplished, real-life women in professional fields like politics, science, and entertainment. Some of the women whose stories will be showcased include Sally Ride, Michelle Obama, Nina Simone, Ursula K. LeGuin, and others. The anthology boasts A-list creators like Marguerite Bennett, Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Tess Fowler, and many more. It is a collaboration with Kristy Miller and Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design.
A collection of stories about female gamers, Chainmail Bikini delves into the lives of women who are into LARPing, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, various video games and more. The stories are essentially autobiographical, and the project, spearheaded by Hazel Newlevant, features the work of 40 creators.
The Food Porn Anthology
Definitely NSFW, this anthology boasts sex-positive, LGBTQ-friendly erotic stories, created by women. And what’s more – the food-themed comics come complete with recipes. It’s published by Filthy Fragments, and was spearheaded by Gina Biggs.
This is a series of anthologies by women, with each collection focusing on a specific theme, and how that theme is experienced by women. For example, the seventh collection was entitled Imagination, and the sixth, Beauty. The upcoming eighth anthology, entitled Sex, will explore all of the many ways in which sex is imagined and experienced by its female creators.