Yeah, we all know chicks rule, especially the ones that don’t like being called chicks. And yes, women are gaining ground, earning more than half of all college degrees. But did you know they’re kicking ass in comics too? I’ve been discovering some awesome female talent lately, artists that are quickly becoming my favorites.
Chief among them is the amazing Kate Beaton. She is the indie-comics-world darling, and for good reason. Not only are her comics incredibly smart (often riffing on historical themes), but her drawings are totally superb. Her line is tops, harkening back to classic cartoon masters like Silverstein, Steinberg, Steig, and Quentin Blake. She is at the top of the game. Just look at how much expression she gets out of those simple faces!
Although she publishes her comics on her website, Hark! A Vagrant, she released them in book form and it looks like it’s doing great. Right now it has 51 Amazon reviews with a 4.5 star average. I bought it, and have been enjoying it each morning with tea.
Next up we have Jillian Tamaki with her online comic, SuperMutant Magic Academy. This gem is a dark parody of Harry Potter, but with its own unique cast characters. Jill really has a talent for social critique. I’ve started at the beginning and haven’t gotten through them all yet, but so far I especially like this one, this one, this one, this one, this one and this one.
Jillian Tamaki has also illustrated some graphic novels, which I hope to check out soon.
Next up, we have Kate Leth of Kate or Die! — a bisexual, feminist, generally badass comic creator. I like this one a lot.
Even though Hyperbole and a Half hasn’t been updated in over a year, it totally gets honorable mention. Using my investigative skillz, I uncovered the creator, Allie, did not in fact die. Turns out the pressures of success made her want to hide (see this facebook note). Guess that’s what happens when your Blogspot post gets over 4000 comments. She’s also writing a book. We’re rooting for you Allie!
Finally we have Vera Brosgol, creator of the fantastic graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost.
This year Vera won an Eisner Award for “Best Publication for Young Adults”. This is the award I’ll be gunning for with the book I’ll begin after I finish my current one. 2015 Eisner’s, here I come!!!
Anywho, cheers ladies! Thanks for brightening the world with your creativity. Comics make me so hot OMG.