i LOVE you also feature women who don't write/draw comics!! love the site!
Do you mean colorists/inkers? They are definitely an important part of creating comics as we love them, especially as digital coloring has allowed greater variety and gradation of colors, great coloring is a real art these days.
I realize this is a bit late, but thank you so much for featuring the Superladies in Sweater in your tumblr! Much appreciated. And I like what you're doing here - your tumblr is like a one stop resource/ inspiration centre :)
Aw shucks, I do it all for you ladies! (And you seriously have no idea how cold my office was when those pics crossed my dash X( )
Remember that tomorrow is the first day of the inaugural #LMCBookClub and we are reading Cairo written by G. Willow Wilson! It’s available from Amazon and In-Stock Trades (but if you wait until you go to your shop on Wednesday, don’t worry you won’t miss anything ;) )
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which supports legal challenges to free expression in comics, is running their annual membership drive, and some fantastic creators have donated some amazing gifts— including many chances to discuss your own comics creation with some of the top creators of our age! Ladies with gifts up for auction are:
Professional Development Review: Karen Berger – Karen Berger changed the landscape of modern comics when she established Vertigo as an imprint designed to usher in new voices and new directions for comics storytelling. Now the legendary editor who has helped guide work from talent including Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and Peter Milligan will review your work and provide one-on-one feedback to help improve your comics! Karen is offering five of these opportunities, to review over email or phone to donors who make a tax-deductible contribution of $400 or better to the CBLDF! ONLY TWO LEFT
Win A Walk-On Role In Babymouse 17! — Support intellectual freedom by bidding on this auction to win a walk-on role in the next volume of Jennifer & Matthew Holm’s hit graphic novel series Babymouse! The winner of this auction will have their name or the name of someone they choose given to a character in Babymouse 17, coming from Random House in Spring 2013. The proceeds of this auction benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s work to protect the First Amendment rights of the comics art form. Membership in the organization is included with this auction. Bid on this auction at http://myworld.ebay.com/cbldf
Professional Development Review: Jennifer L. Holm — Jennifer L. Holm, the three-time Newbery honored NY Times Bestselling author of Turtle in Paradise, Penny from Heaven as well as the graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish offers a rare opportunity to review your writing and provide hard-earned knowledge to help you improve your craft. This rare opportunity to learn from one of the masters of modern young adult fiction. This professional development review is for writers of prose or comics, and will be conducted over Skype. It is available for a tax-deductible $1,000 membership contribution to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Professional Development Review: Gail Simone – Veteran writer Gail Simone will provide a Professional Development Review for writers via email to members who join CBLDF for a level of $500 or greater. This review is for scripts without licensed characters. This is a great opportunity to learn more about your craft and get tips from one of the modern masters of comics writing.
Other creators with available gifts are Geoff Johns, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Neil Gaiman, Tony Harris, Brian Azzarello, Tom Brevoort, Chris Burnham, Dan DiDio, Dave Gibbons, Paul Levitz, Frank Miller, Bob Schreck, Jeff Smith, Ben Templesmith, and Frank Quitely!
An Open Letter to the Leadership of the Writers Guild of America, West and East
I just sent the following letter to the Board of Directors, Executive Directors, and Lead Organizers of the WGA West and East:
To The Leadership of the Writer’s Guild of America, West and East,
My name is Alexa Dickman, and I am writing to the Writer’s Guild merely as one concerned about protecting the rights of all creative people in their creations; I am also a law student currently interning for an entertainment lawyer.
As you are all well aware, over the past decade the entertainment industry has become increasingly reliant on franchises and adaptations of pre-existing properties, many of which originate from comic books. This recent wave of comic book movies has led to a vibrant cross-pollination between your two industries and a resurgence of interest in comic books. However, unlike the motion picture industry, the comics industry has never successfully organized, and many of the creative minds responsible for the characters do not receive their fair recognition.
This state of affairs has been the dirty laundry of the comics industry since the beginning, but it was recently brought to the forefront of my attention when long-time comics and television writer (and Guild member) Gerry Conway tweeted derisively about being approached by Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment to be recognized “officially” (by their own secret internal policy) as the creator of a character called “Mindworm”, a character that has not appeared in a single Marvel comic book since 2008, and will likely never be the subject of any theatrical motion pictures or television shows.
What makes Marvel’s actions so absurd is that Mr. Conway is the creator of another Marvel character: The Punisher. The Punisher has been the subject of three theatrical motion pictures (most recently 2008’s “Punisher: War Zone” from Lionsgate), and a television pilot centered on the character is currently in development for Fox. He has received no credit on or financial compensation for any of these projects. And Mr. Conway is only one of many, many creators caught in such capricious exploitation of their labors.
There is no standard policy in the comics industry on when a character’s creator/s must be recognized, credited, and compensated. Such arrangements usually form at the whim of the publisher, or sometimes in reaction to an actual or threatened lawsuit. Apparently, adaptation into theatrical motion picture or television program does not automatically qualify a character as “significant” enough to give their creator/s their due.
Therefore I urge the Writer’s Guild of America West and East to stand in solidarity with the creators of the characters that are so often in the hands of Guild members to shepherd into motion pictures and television programs, live-action and animated. Demand and require standard credit and compensation for the creators of major/titular characters from Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment (a division of Warner Brothers) projects, and recognize them as “professional writers” under the Basic Agreement. And I would encourage a general strike against those companies until such an agreement is reached.
Thank you for your time,
The comics industry has never successfully organized the way the rest of the entertainment industry has. And while every attempt to do so has failed, I have decided that is no reason for creators not to receive some sort of guild protection, even if it is not their own.
“If a person eats a doughnut, they are aware of the implications, yet can also enjoy it. Same with eating fruits and vegetables. The difference is unlike art, food has a tangible influence and rating. We want to know what our food is made of and how it has or will impact us. We see its effects on our health, and to remain ignorant is to become unhealthy, another thing we can see. To be ignorant of the art we consume, means to be ignorant of its effects on society and ourselves, something that we cannot easily see or understand.”—
A great summation of why it’s important to think critically about all the media we consume. And of course, for my money, why it’s important to encourage a variety of creators— the farmland and cooks of art.