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Womanthology: Heroic

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  267 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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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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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
Martin Conover
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
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
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
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
Shana Dennis
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.
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.
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
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
I didn't buy this because I thought I was going to love all of the stories, I bought it to support the idea behind it,a celebration of women in the comics industry.
And I got exactly what I was expecting.
I really enjoyed looking at the artwork, some of it was stunning and all of it was much better than anything I could draw.
I didn't enjoy the stories quite as much, but they only had a few pages each so you can't expect to enjoy them all.
I hope the ladies behind this project are happy with what t
The idea of this book is quite good, and it has a lot of stories and art to enjoy. However, given its premise, it also has a lot of stories and art to endure. If you understand that this book provides a platform for both experienced and inexperienced writers, artists, editors, and teams to show what they can do, you will understand, but not necessarily love, the outcomes. I borrowed it from the library, and I'm glad I did. I would recommend it as a learning vehicle for anyone who wants to work i ...more
A.C.E. Bauer
I loved this. Like every anthology, there were stronger and weaker pieces, but overall, I felt like there was always something worth reading, or art worth admiring. The pages were full--not only with each individual story, but information about artists, and the occasional episode from a comic in the newspaper style that ran for most of the book. The interviews with the creators were interesting, and the history of some early women in comics worth the book alone (talk about gorgeous art).
I love what this anthology represents, and I'm delighted to have supported the Kickstarter! It's a thrill to see so many talented, creative women getting visibility in such a male-dominated medium. However, I didn't get much enjoyment out of reading it. The quality of work varied wildly, and the stories were too brief to really resonate. I got halfway through, then didn't feel compelled to read more.
I heartily approve of the concept of this book! I borrowed it through interlibrary loan, so I only had a couple of weeks with it before it had to be returned. It would have been a far more enjoyable read if there had been time to linger over each contribution. Since I had to plow through it faster than felt natural, it ended up being a very overwhelming read.
Love this project! While some of the stories/art are not as strong as others, it's AWESOME that this project gave newcomers a chance to get exposed and mentored by some truly excellent women in the comics industry. Lots of great tips to help artists, great bios, and cool info in the back about pioneering women in the illustration/comics industry.
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San Francisco-based author Bonnie Burton writes about everything from Wookiees to mean girls. Her books include: THE STAR WARS CRAFT BOOK (Random House), STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: PLANETS IN PERIL (DK Readers), DRAW STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (Klutz Books), YOU CAN DRAW: STAR WARS (DK Children), GIRLS AGAINST GIRLS: WHY WE ARE MEAN TO EACH OTHER AND HOW WE CAN CHANGE (Zest Books) and NEVER THREATE ...more
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