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Femme Magnifique

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  38 reviews
FEMME MAGNIFIQUE is a graphic novel anthology that delivers inspirational comic-book stories about powerful women in science, politics, and the arts.
*30 short stories staring female trailblazers of today and yesterday
*Over 50 diverse writers and artists
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 2017 by Hi-Fi Academy Press
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Rod Brown
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty amazing anthology stuffed with 3-page bios of women both famous and obscure but all certainly quite magnificent. Best read in small increments as I think it would have worn me down to read it all at once.

My only reservation is that the creators were tasked to either write a straight-on biography (yay!) or write how the woman in question inspired them (hurm). The inspiration stories sometimes came off as self-indulgent and/or left me wishing I had learned more about the woman in question
There are parts of this I really liked and parts I got a little annoyed. Giving this 4 stars, but more of a 3.5 star rating. Why? Manly, I was disappointed with the writing. I was hoping this was more of a biography on these women, but it's more about the people writing this anthology and how these women inspired them. Some of the entries, I still don't know really anything about unless I do an internet search on them. Giving each women only 3 pages makes sense with the fact there are 50 total, ...more
Stewart Tame
This is a tough review to write.

One approach would be to summarize the plot, not the whole thing, but enough to get across the books premise and, hopefully, leave you interested in reading the book to find out more. But this is an anthology, so there are fifty stories to summarize. Not happening, sorry.

Another approach would be to talk about what a fan I am of the writer and/or artists work, how this present book compares with their past efforts, and so on. But again: fifty stories, each with
Adam Stone
I'm nervous every time I open an anthology that's either designed to be progressive, or is a fundraiser for a cause I believe in. I always want them to be five star books, and often, they aren't. It's really tough to put together an entire book of engaging narratives and art by a wide variety of creators. I much prefer more focused collections, like Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu. I imagined that I'd flip through this collection, find it somewhere between two and ...more
Ryan Fohl
Almost half are stories of an artist inspired by an artist. Some fail as short pieces. Lots
Of artistic variety. Some pieces are great.
The misty copeland story worked in the short space. The Rosalind Franklin and Judith story were funny. Above water was my favorite. Loved how the background worked with the frames.

What I learned: Margaret singer was force fed! Nellie Bly boxed. A daughter brought to work saved an Apollo mission. I should read a Carrie Fisher book. Marlo Thomas is a hero. Margret
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty triply collection of women, some well known to me, and some I have never heard of. Each story is three pages long, with an extra page that contains a quote from the story. From Harriant Tubman, and Margret Sanger, to women such as Cindy Whitehouse, a skateboarder, who is well known int he skateboarding world.

Sciencists, actors, writers, activists, whatever they are, there are 50 of them.

Some of knew the stories of. Otheres, I though I knew the stories, and was surprised to learn
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I went into this thinking Id be reading more biographical stories of these women and not personal stories about what these women mean to others... I dont know, it was good, but not what I was expecting or wanting out of this. ...more
Carlina Scalf
Loved the variety of stories in this collection - it was neat to see many different women, many different story styles, and many different art styles in the same place. Glad to have it on my shelf!
I found that a few of the women profiled have been profiled infinite numbers of times in the last 1.5 years. Otherwise it was quite good!
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphicnovels
Not what I expected. More of stories of how I like this person or the impact they had on me than about the women themselves
Jessie Drew
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march-2019-tbr
This is a must own for anyone whos interested in Womens History. Stories and illustrations are on point.
I wouldve given the book 5 stars but there are some technical issues with the printing. The Harriet Tubman sections layout is done backwards.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many books can plant seeds to grow in your life. This book plants forests.

There are the trees, which are the 50 subjects of the stories, ranging from Joan of Arc to Kate Bush to Michelle Obama - I was familiar with a few, and some were completely new to me. A surprising number detail heroines of World War II I had never heard of. Politicans, writers, comic artists, musicians, and scientists are all well represented here. I was a little surprised by the absence of athletes (aside from
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the most important graphic novels, of this year or any other year. It's 50 stories of women who changed the world: from artists like Kate Bush and Beth Ditto, to pioneers like Brenda Fassie and Kat Blaque. The writers and artists are a STACKED list of the coolest women in comics, along with some pretty stellar guys too. This is more than a book to be read and set aside, it's a book to pore over, take breaks and let the history sink in. Buy this for everyone you know, ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this better. Mixed quality in presentation as it really hurts a lot of the stories when they are only 3 pages. It's understably hard to depict what a person did and what they mean to you in that small space. I was left confused by some of the stories because of this and I wondered what the person represented even did. However, there were some really strong stories that were very personal to the authors which included people I otherwise might not have heard of. I still think this ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
An anthology of 50 short (4 page) comics about women in pop culture, politics, art, and science that's uplifting and educational. The women I recognised I was delighted to see and those I didn't I now want to learn more about. The stories are a mixture of life stories, moments in time, and what those women meant to the comic creators, there's a diverse range of writers and artists that gives you a taster of lots of different styles, and the whole thing is bound together with matching chapter ...more
Akemi Maniwa
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading Femme Magnifique was a wonderful opportunity to read the stories about and relating to so many influential and inspirational women, some who I was familiar with, many who I was not. These stories were not like the ones from Rejected Princesses where they told the life story of famous women from history, instead many of the stories portrayed are much more personal and tell us the audience what these women have brought to the lives of others.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much like the titles Rejected Princesses and Rebel Girls this puts ladies that inspired the writers, illustrators, and many more into the forefront. They endeavor us to strive for more. A few stories feel like they could have been pushed further with length and clarity, but obviously they must have been given a certain limit for length in the anthology. Nonetheless, this isn't just princesses here. It offers ladies (and trans women) of all walks of life a chance to show how they inspire.
Mike Lewis
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. Of the 50+ stories/women within, I had probably heard of 10 of them. And of those ten, I definitely did not know their full stories. This book gave a me a good look into each of their lives, and made me hungry for more. I hope to see this book become required reading in the educational system, and not just for March/Women's History Month.
Abby Frye
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I liked the variety of stories but also wished some were longer. It often felt cramped and rushed as the artists and writers tried to fix the lives of these women into a four page snippet. Some of the stories felt more like learning about the writer instead of the woman subject which I found to not be what I was expecting.
Mik Cervera
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Would of like to have seen more representation of women of color, trans women, and women with diverse abilities. Preferred to have seen less subjects and more pages for each subject. Some chapters seemed more autobiographical rather than about the subject.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
A collection of short illustrated bios on amazing women, told from the perspective of 50 different artists and creators. Just looking at the list of women featured is a great starting point for learning more about some fascinating women, like South African singer Brenda Fassie.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was a very entertaining and informative read. I loved how the different writers and artists had a strong connection with the woman they were writing about. This was a very empowering read and Im looking forward to delving further into the lives of some of these amazing women. ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really loved this. Quick, 3-4 page comic essays about women whom the authors admire. Lots of different women, which is awesome, and the essays themselves are thoughtful and as diverse in style as the subjects.
A casual, yet touching look at how powerful women change the world. Whether the featured women had a direct or indirect impact on the writers and artists, their very presence in the public eye shaped the life or mindset of a viewer. Powerful, inspiring, and packed with amazing artwork.
Stephen Hamilton
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must-read. 50 amazing tales of 50 amazing women. Learn more about the ones you already know and learn about the ones you don't. I'm so proud to have helped in a small way through the Kickstarter campaign to have brought this book to life.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspiring looks a inspiring women. A bit of a weird mix of biographical sketches and personal reflections on heroes, but it works.
I liked how it was very multidimensional and wasn't just a straightforward biography anthology. It really showed how one woman can inspire hundreds and thousands of people who come after them.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifty vignettes of women who changed the world by different comic artists. I definitely enjoyed some stories more than others, but it was interesting to read about such diverse subjects.
Loved this concept and much of the execution. :)
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good intro to a lot of great ladies.
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