Welcome back, gals and pals, to another Comic Book Wednesday! As this is the holidays (and as I'm getting over being massively sick), I thought we'd keep this week's CBW nice and short. So, nothing crazy this week, but I wanted to bring everyone's attention to an excellent new column over at ComicsAlliance.com called 'Hire This Woman'.
ComicsAlliance has been one of my favorite comics blogs for a long time. Created by Laura Hudson, who remained editor-in-chief till June of last year, ComicsAlliance has always been a breathe of fresh air in comics journalism. Their writers are smart, funny, and conscious of the various social issues that surround comics. They're unbiased when they need to be and extremely critical when they need to be. They are aware that this industry needs to be more welcoming to people from different backgrounds and have always pushed for stronger female, PoC, and LGBT voices in comics. So, I was not surprised at all to hear about Hire This Woman (thank you tiredfairy for pointing it out!).
The premise is simple. At the beginning of each article, writer Janelle Asselin writes:
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet "household names."
Asselin then proceeds to interview these fantastic female creators.
So, who has Asselin and ComicsAlliance interviewed so far? It's a relatively new column, so the list is still short. Below you'll find the list of women that ComicsAlliance wants the big industry names to hire, and my favorite quote from each interview. I hope everyone checks out the column! I look forward to seeing more and more awesome ladies get added to this list.
1. Rachel Deering: Editor and Writer.
CA: Who are some comic creators that inspire you?
RD: Bernie Wrightson, Bruce Jones, Gene Colan, Scott Snyder, Joe Hill, Mike Mignola, Matteo Scalera, and Scott Allie.
CA: What are some comics that have inspired you either growing up or as an adult?
RD: The first bunch of comics I ever read were Warren magazines like Creepy and Eerie, and some oldSavage Sword of Conan books. Those were the comics that really got me hooked at an early age. After that, I read anything with a monster or a screaming lady on the cover. I devoured stuff like House of Mystery,House of Secrets, The Witching Hour, Tales From The Crypt, Nightmare, Psycho, Scream, and on and on. As an adult, I've been hugely influenced by Scott Snyder's Severed, Joe Hill's Locke & Key, and Mignola'sBaltimore series.
Read Rachel Deering's interview here.
2. Rachael Anderson: Artist and Webcomic Creator
CA: As an artist, do you work on paper or digitally? Why?
RA: I actually have a fusion process. I'll do the thumbnails by hand so I can get away from the computer and think. Once those are done, I scan them in and work on my layouts digitally. Doing the layouts in Manga Studio allows me to move things around, rescale, and make quick perspective grids to save me some time when drawing backgrounds. Once that is done, I print the layout out in non-photo blue on 11×17 paper and finish penciling by hand. Penciling digitally just allows me to zoom in too much. I can get lost in building details if I'm not careful, so I choose to pencil by hand to keep me focused on the page as a whole. Plus, there's something very satisfying about finishing a stack of pages!
Read Rachael Anderson's interview here.
3. Yasmin Liang: Artist
CA: What's your background/training?
YL: I didn't have much training up until my late teens when I decided to do my thesis in watercolors. I took a few lessons from Lorette Roberts, a published watercolor artist known for her sketchbooks containing scenery from Hong Kong. After that, I attended the Pre-College Cartooning program at the School of Visual Arts as a summer course in New York. I enjoyed my three weeks in New York so much, I decided to apply to art schools there and attended Parsons the New School for Design. I graduated with a BFA in illustration and interned at Marvel for a few months as well. More recently, I was looking to get my masters in Character Animation at Central St. Martins based in London. I was there for an an eight-month winter, doing 2D and 3D animation, before I decided the course wasn't for me and dropped out.
Read Yasmin Liang's interview here.
4. Cathy G. Johnson: Artist and Webcomic Creator
CA: What is your dream project?
CGJ: Right now I really want to make graphic novels for girls that aren't afraid to bare their teeth. All the girls I've known as an after school educator have been smart, independent, and really really cool. I want to make comics for them that are like that. I want to make them comics with a large range of diverse representation that aren't preachy, that girls can see themselves and their experiences in. I feel like as an adult woman, it's my turn to step up to the plate and make great, fun, and intelligent comics for girls.
Read Cathy G. Johnson's interview here.
5. Delicia Williams: Penciller
CA: How would you describe your creative style?
DW: Cartoonish-realism. I like my reality to be rubbery and slightly off, either through character facial features or by playing with the panels that keep the beat. If there is an emotion to cultivate, the first place I draw it is eyes and the spine, and everything else ripples out from there.
I also have a habit of leaving visual hints in drawings that the eye can zip to and piece together in it's entirety after a read through, or two.
Read Delicia Williams' interview here.
That's all there is for now, but this column is off to a really fantastic start. It updates every Tuesday, so add it to your reading list. I really hope that this column gets more female creators hired for more prominent books and get more industry attention. Kudos to ComicsAlliance for yet another great column!
And to all of you, have a great holiday and I'll see you next Comic Book Wednesday!