In this series, women of comics write about other women in comics today who are inspiring them. If you would like to contribute, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Fitzpatrick – Between Worlds
A while back I came across this webcomic that I absolutely lost myself in. A review is forever on the cards, reclining in the backseat of my mind as I fail to catch hold of any halfway worthy adjectives.
It is about a knight called Lynx, who serves her king as he loses his mind. It’s about Lynx at other points in time, when she has fallen from grace. It’s about a city of witches and a powerful cat in the forest. Fitzpatrick’s art veers between expressionist and cinematic, and she is currently redrawing the opening chapters.
It might be my favourite webcomic. It might be my favourite comic, period.
Gill is a British Comic Awards nominee and a central figure in the UK and Scotland comics scene. Singlehandedly editing Team Girl Comic, an all-women collective anthology now in its twelfth volume, Gill is also well known for her wonderful wildlife comics.
Team Girl Comics #12 even features an illustration of Emilie de Tessier on the cover, one of comics’ most influential and forgotten artists. I love Gill’s own ligne claire style, and she works tirelessly to promote and nurture other women in comics.
J.A. Micheline – JAM’s patreon
There are few critics that have made quite the impact on the comics community that our JAM has, not least because she has zero time for the usual childish drama of the industry, and prefers to let her insightful and ego-shattering commentary do the talking.
A published comic writer – you can check out her collab with Caspar Wijngaard in Wolf #8 – and shortlisted for the 2016 Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, JAM likes to relax by training to be a doctor. Um GOALS.
Her patreon takes a dollar payment for a column on criticism that is free to read. GO DO THAT.
As a comics history buff it’s no surprise that Whaley’s book – Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime – jumped to the top of my reading list upon release last year. At a weighty 429 pages, Whaley squeezes in everyone from Jackie Ormes to Barbara Brandon-Croft to Afua Richardson, while also examining characters of African descent including Storm, Misty Knight and Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman.
Largely overlooked by the comics community, perhaps because of its academic origins, this is the FIRST detailed investigation of black women’s participation in [US] comic art. And at a time when Marvel still haven’t employed a single black woman writer… well, it’s a must read.
I am a sucker for tales of warrior mice and woodland creatures, a surprisingly busy niche genre, and when I press Squarriors into the hands of those I meet they ask me, “where did this artist come from?!”
I don’t know. I don’t know.
As an artist she seems simply to have arrived fully formed with the gorgeous Squarriors under her belt, written by the equally mysterious Ash Maczko. If you like great sequential storytelling, warrior critters, bloody battles and amazing expression work, go read Squarriors. If you need any convincing, just google image search the comic.
Someone should totally interview them, just saying.
Who’s inspiring you these days?