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Womanthology is a large scale anthology comic showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 150 women of all experience levels. The purpose of the book is to show support for female creators in comics and media. There are multiple short stories, "how to"s & interviews with professionals, and features showcasing iconic female comic creators tha ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by IDW Publishing (first published February 7th 2012)
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Carmen
A book of 85 comics by and for women. Not counting the teens and kids chapter. I'm putting my tl;dr at the beginning:

Tl;dr – This is a mish-mash. I wish it was consistently wonderful so that I could tell everyone to read it, but to be honest a lot of what's in here is very disjointed and unfinished. And a lot of the artwork is crap. I really wanted to love this – comics by women and for women! - but it was too 'all over the place' for me to give it a solid recommend. I think I'm going to give it
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Raina
Gahblaghbawa!!!!!!!!
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I'm freaking heart-broken about this. I was SO excited to see it when it came. The cover is knockout, and I love love love the idea - a bunch of woman getting together to do a Kickstarter to do a women-run comics anthology in full color, in a collective, collaborative way.

Again, this is full-color!

I'm pretty crest-fallen to find that this is one anthology I just can't bring myself to finish. It's due at the library, several times over, and I'm just not motivated to keep rea
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Penelope
Aug 26, 2012 Penelope rated it it was ok
I like the idea of this book, and what it represents, a lot more than I like the actual content. The fact that this book exists is pretty awesome--a giant hardcover, full-color book full of 100% women contributors. It sends a message, and I like that message. The message is simply that women exist in the comics industry; women create comics and women read comics. I can get behind that. But for me this was a definite "get it from the library" book, not one I would bother buying. I think part of t ...more
Tansy Roberts
Apr 25, 2012 Tansy Roberts rated it it was amazing
An epic achievement! Have never enjoyed reading short comics as I have in this massive, gorgeously produced book. So many new (female) artists and writers to learn about, plus lots of information for people who want to break into comics.

(I kind of DO now)
Nick Kives
May 26, 2012 Nick Kives rated it liked it
As with any anthology there are hits and misses, but I'm not sure this has as many hits as I would have liked. I donated to the kickstarter for this a while ago as it seemed interesting.
Selena


So this is an anthology of woman comic creators and artists. Just stating a fact.

Also stating a fact: it was awesome.



The comic industry seriously needs to hire this talent. So I can see more of these stories.

It was also great to see not only a bunch of stories starring female characters, but female characters of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

It's hard to pick a favorite comic out of all these wonderful works, but I probably liked the stories starring the normal people best. The ones where just b
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Lauren
Sep 11, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
So I want to be really clear, besides just putting stars on it, what I think about this book. I think it's important to acknowledge that on the one hand it's really groundbreaking and beautiful: when have we ever seen woman comic writers gathered together in this way? When have we seen all the advice from professionals breaking down how to do myriad things so that you can make your own? And most of the stories, in my opinion, are also just PLAIN GOOD. I tore through this 300 page treasure trove ...more
Hollowspine
Jul 28, 2014 Hollowspine rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I was ultimately disappointed by this large anthology of comics written by women. Although I was impressed with many of the authors and artists contributions to the book, they were often dragged down by stories that weren't quite there yet and art that lacked the quality set by other artists.

My feeling is that due to the web-forum based, facebooky construction of the graphic anthology, it became more like setting one's Stumble to comics and then clicking through at random. Some of the stories la
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Laney
May 07, 2013 Laney rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really looked forward to seeing this work, a book of comics entirely by women? Awesome! Sadly its not an enjoyable read. The real shame is that they seemed more fixated on having an inflated number of women involved in the book than putting out a book worth reading or viewing (there are a lot of pinups for a comic anthology). It does more to hurt their cause than promote it. I am glad I didn't back this project now, I would have been crushed. I also found the layout rather questionable. Give t ...more
Ryan Mishap
Feb 02, 2014 Ryan Mishap rated it it was amazing
A collection whose worth matches the weight of the tome. One could ignore the positive impulse that drove its creation, the chance for dozens of women to collaborate and connect, and the celebration of women in comics--one could ignore all that and say this is a damn fine anthology displaying a lot of intelligence, creativity, and heart all on its own. I won't ignore all that, though, because I think that impulse to create an entire collection done by women is what helped make it great.

Stories r
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Desiree
Aug 04, 2015 Desiree rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I enjoyed this collection of comics with a heroism based theme. It wasn't completely amazeballs to me, but that is normal when you are compiling work by various artists. You're going to get some hit and misses.
Lee Ann
May 26, 2014 Lee Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I'm not particularly interested in working in the comic industry, so the last chunk of this was a bit useless to me. BUT as someone involved in the arts, and as a WOMAN involved in the arts, I could really appreciate this whole project that these writers and artists put together. It's definitely something to be proud of, and it seems like it would be incredibly useful to aspiring female graphic novelists.

That being said - from a simple reader'a perspective, as with any anthology, there were some
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Shana Dennis
May 29, 2012 Shana Dennis rated it it was amazing
Most of the stories in this book were written and drawn well, and the overall content was interesting enough to keep my attention. It was nice, for once, to be able to read a comic book and not have to roll my eyes every 30 seconds at how the female anatomy was drawn and posed. The variety of storytelling and art styles were also awesome.
Anita Fajita Pita
What does it mean to be Heroic? This is an expansive answer to that question by women in the comic book industry.

An amazing compilation. Some stories are amazing, some are not as amazing. Some artwork is amazing, some not so as amazing. The point is that this is a massive collaboration of writers, artists, colorists, illustrators and editors; over 150 artistic women. What a feat.

If nothing else, I would say this is a great corroboration of artists in the comic industry and anyone in or looking
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Jessica
May 30, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it
I am all for having more women in the comic book industry but this book makes no sense. It's a waste of a good idea.
Jordan
Aug 15, 2015 Jordan rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Okay, conceptually I am in love with this. In terms of actual execution of that concept... not so much. Yay for a whole huge full color collection of comics by all female creators! Including a section for aspiring creators and tips throughout the book! But. The biggest problem for me was that this tried to hard to pack everything in. There are so many awesome creators here but the extremely short format just leaves most of the works feeling way too abbreviated. Lots of them feel cut-off mid-stor ...more
Grace
Apr 09, 2016 Grace rated it liked it
2.75*
To be completely honest, I wasn't that impressed with it and I was expecting a bit more. I liked reading through it and some of the stories I really liked but what really pulled it through was the illustrations. (Especially the continuing story at the bottom, that was so funny!) I will read another graphic novel that I have and hopefully it will pull through, considering this is my first ever graphic novel. Overall, I liked the ladies and a few of the stories/illustrations but besides that
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Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Mar 31, 2012 Jean-Pierre Vidrine rated it it was amazing
With the amazing variety in this collection, there is something for everyone. Superheroes, fantasy, "ordinary" people, humor . . . just about everything is covered here in this women only anthology. Not one page failed to make me smile. The RPG strip that runs along the bottoms of the pages, along with creator factoids and pro tips made for one very diversified and unique reading experience.
The latter part of the book is full of creator interviews and longer pro tips that are sure to be invaluab
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Rachel
A collection of short comics created by women, centred around the theme of female heroes. As these individual stories are limited in space, many take creative approaches to storytelling, panelling, or art. Among the most notable are, A Stuffed Bunny in Dollland which has a stuffed animal rather than a human as the hero. The Aviator and the Elephant shows that it is not always about saving a life, but about saving the self. Solace has the most unique panelling. Many of the tales have literal inte ...more
Ashleigh
Aug 13, 2014 Ashleigh rated it liked it
The crowdsourced nature of this comic is what drew me to it in the first place, and there certainly is a wide range of art work and writing. Some of it does fall flat, but when it does well, it shines. I think the creators tried to do too much with this publication -- too many bios, too many tips, too large of a format. But it was a "Heroic" first effort. Their second attempt with "Space" was much more streamlined.
Jennifer Sundt
Jan 31, 2015 Jennifer Sundt rated it liked it
What I enjoyed most about this book was not the comics, most of which were rather boring, but the advice on how to get started as a comic artist. I personally wish there were a book containing all of the bits of advice, and some interviews, and then a bunch of pin-up type art thrown in for good measure. I do really like the focus on female heroes/protagonists though. This was an alright read.
Aaron
A hardy effort, sometimes with remarkable results. But as is the nature of the anthology, several works are outclassed by others. Experienced or veteran writers or artists paired with other writers or artists with half of the professional aptitude can reap both good and bad results...

The original project behind this collection gave a lot of people a lot of headaches, but the end result is still quite impressive. Many entries are quite remarkable. Many others, though flawed, serve as evidence of
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Bry
Feb 22, 2014 Bry rated it liked it
A wonderful idea and I'm glad this book exists but certainly a mixed bag of art and stories, some I simply had to skip and others I was amazed by. I thought the 'how to make comics', 'creator interviews' and 'women of the past' segments were really nice, informative and a lovey way to end the book
SA
Dec 31, 2013 SA rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2013
Traditional anthology, good ones and less good ones. I think the anthology itself and its following volume, Womanthology: Space, are achievements in the genre, but Heroic suffered from putting way too much goddamn information on the page, to the point that it was distracting and took away from trying to actually read the stories themselves. There's also a healthy argument to be made about actually editing Heroic so that you're presenting a tight, remarkable collection of stories to the industry; ...more
Scott Neigh
A massive, full-colour, glossy anthology of original comics written, drawn, inked, lettered, and coloured by women. The contributors range from industry veterans to complete newbies, and the book contains not only tons of comics but also lots of advice for women (and anyone else who picks the book up) who are want to know how to break into the business. Overall, it's a really neat collection. The stories are, of necessity, short, and I think the strength of comic-based storytelling is in longer ...more
Vanessa
I have started this so many times before finally finishing it, because I wanted to like it so much more than I did. There is some wonderful stuff in this. Unfortunately, I am not that interested in all of the sections providing advice to aspiring comic writers and artists. It makes up a significant portion of the book. The theme was also too narrow. A lot of the stories covered the same themes and plot points. If the contributors had been able to make whatever they wanted, it would have been mor ...more
Kate
Sep 22, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
An overall super-sized, amazing anthology focusing on heroes/heroines of all varieties. Some of my favorite stories were Archetypes, Lady Power Punch/Claire, Ladybird, Everwell, The Dream Weaver, The Little Stranger, and Mook & Me. All were different and inspiring views of heroes of the everyday to the super-powered. It was a great collaboration to invite veterans and newcomers to add an art piece for the book's subject of heroic. I also enjoyed the artistic tips at the end too, but I do bel ...more
Tonya Scott
Nov 19, 2015 Tonya Scott rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great idea. I enjoyed reading about each woman and experiencing the different art styles. They did a fantastic job.
Lexie
Prelim Review: While this isn't a perfect book, this is a book to be damned proud of. This isn't just an anthology of short comics and pin-ups with a glib theme of 'Women Empowerment' or a collection of stories that prove women are as cool as men (if not cooler). This is a book filled with stories about characters who face problems every girl goes through and yeah sometimes superpowers or magic helps to make things better, but it just as easily comes down to whether that young girl or woman is b ...more
Deirdre
May 21, 2016 Deirdre rated it really liked it
I've been reading this off and on for a while, very interesting and I want more by several of the creators.
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