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Womanthology: Heroic

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  67 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 ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by IDW Publishing (first published February 7th 2012)
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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
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
Aug 18, 2012 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 ...more

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
Tansy Roberts
Apr 25, 2012 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 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.
Sep 10, 2012 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
May 19, 2012 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
May 07, 2013 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 ...more
Ryan Mishap
Nov 09, 2013 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.

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 ...more
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel sad about criticizing a book with so much potential and a great premise (comics for women by women) but a lot of the art was disappointing to put it politely.
Several of the comics are great; engaging compact storytimes, eye-catching art, a mastery of the storytime form. Others...the art is either underwelheming, the stories end abruptly or have a mish-mash of a plot. Some of thepin-up art was the biggest disappointment. I thought this art is so bad, I would accept it as a portfolio piece
Shana Dennis
May 27, 2012 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.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The stories themselves are uneven as is the art, but the scope is so grand and the back matter so interesting it warrants another star. Especially the articles about notable women artists from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For such an epic undertaking, it's quite capably put together. It took forever to get through it, though!
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
May 25, 2014 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.
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it

Anthologies are always going to be full of a lot of different stuff and everything is not going to be something you like; that is a given. This book, though, had a bit of a weird organization that just didn't work so well. I guess that the idea was each section had an organizing group and then included in that section were the works from that group. Though I get that set up for the gathering of artists and the coordinating projects, it didn't go over as well in the presentation.

The really
So many good comics! So many good creators! I don’t even know where to start.

It’s a fantastic collection of creativity! There’s so much in this 300+ pages, it’s almost overwhelming. Comics, profiles, “How To’s”. It might be better to keep this tome on your shelf and take it down from time to time. It might be better in doses rather than trying to binge the whole thing at once.

Either way, check it out.
Tyler Kroon
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful anthology of women-created comics, interviews with artists, and tips for those looking to get involved in creating sequential art. Cool concept with a lot of fun extras, and it's kid-friendly too!
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Womantholoy: Space and Womanthology: Heroic are collections of short stories (in the graphic novel format) by female graphic novelists, artists, and cartoonists. They provide a broad array of different styles, tastes, and formats. I really enjoyed sampling each of the different authors: how they drew, wrote, and coloured their stories. The collections are separated by topic (note the subtitles “space” and “heroic”) that create an over-arching theme. These themes can then by explored in a variety ...more
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 ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Mar 14, 2012 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
Lee Ann
May 25, 2014 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
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
Anita Fajita Pita
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-graphics, 2016
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
Aug 04, 2013 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
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 15, 2015 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 ...more
Sep 08, 2012 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 ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like it. I really REALLY tried. There's so much talent on display in this collection that it really is kind of a shame the way it was presented. The creators would have been well served by looking at how other short story collections are arranged and taken note. Perhaps the editors were of the mind that being a collection of comics rather than written pieces exempted them from any expectation of order or logic in how their submissions were compiled. It really does the fantastic work ...more
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