If you are like me, your life revolves around comics, the women who make them, and documentaries. There have been many fine comics documentaries, some of which have included or even been about ladies, but the Sequart Organization has teamed up with director Marisa Stotter of Respect Films to produce what is shaping up to be the best one yet!
She Makes Comics “will celebrate eighty years of female creators telling amazing stories in comics. From early superhero artists like Ramona Fradon to iconoclastic 60s creators like Joyce Farmer, from 80s innovators like Karen Berger to present day writers like Kelly Sue DeConnick, the film will let female creators tell their stories.” The film will also pay significant attention to female fandom and the history and evolution thereof (with stats and such from former DC editor Janelle Asselin who did her graduate thesis on the subject!)
But of course, there is the pesky business of needing the funds to complete it. That’s where you (via Kickstarter) come in. It’s already 26% funded after only three days. Beyond the standard rewards of a shoutout in the credits, a digital copy and/or DVD of the finished film, posters and T-shirts and such, you can also potentially get yourself drawn into a book about the history of women in comics by Jill Thompson or Colleen Doran! Or, if you are an aspiring creator, you can get your script/pitch reviewed by Janelle Asselin!
So come join all these awesome people (as well as backers such as Jimmy Palmiotti, Fred Van Lente, and Dean Haspiel to name but a few) and support what promises to be an incredible look at the latest and greatest of women comics creators as well as fans like you.
Save Katherine Collins's Neil the Horse
When I featured Katherine Collins in June of last year, I mentioned that her classic independent series Neil the Horse (published under her birth name Arn Saba) would be reprinted by Hermes Press. After a few months of not hearing anything else about it, I contacted Katherine and she told me that the collection was stuck in limbo, and she was unsure if it would come to fruition. Then, this July, Hermes Press announced that the project was definitely back on and would have a forward by Eisner Hall-of-Famer and comics herstorian Trina Robbins and a fancy limited edition to boot!
All of that is still on, but Hermes Press, a small family business of three employees, needs help in raising the printing costs. So they’ve turned to Indiegogo for your help! They are looking to raise $15,000 in two weeks, but have thus far only raised about $1000. So they need about a thousand dollars a day to make this happen. And while you can donate as much or as little as you want, $60 will get you the regular edition and $95 the limited edition, which includes a CD of a 2.5 hour radio play that was once broadcast in Canada but never before released as a recording!
Neil and his friends Soapy and Mam’selle Poupée are an always-struggling song and-dance act. To gain success, they will go anywhere, do anything, and put up with anything — like a trip to Hell, or captivity inside a video game, or a gang of slap-happy aliens in a stunt-driving saucer. Oh, and a drunken and disorderly back-up band of cats.
Neil is a happy go-lucky (and not too bright) horse with a mania for bananas. He’s one heck of a tap-dancer and singer, and he can also get down to breakdancing. He adores his two pals, and will do anything for them.
Mam’selle Poupée is a romantic and lovelorn living doll from France, whose wooden body is jointed with hinges. With red circles on her cheeks, curly blonde hair, and large bust, Poupée appears to be a cross between Raggedy Ann and Dolly Parton. She is a serious dancer, and practices at the studio every day.
Soapy is a street-wise and cynical (with a heart of gold) orange alley cat, a cigarsmoker and a drinker, who serves as their trumpet player, manager and the brains of the operation. Neil thinks that Soapy is the smartest guy in the world … and he just might be right.
So remember when sundry idiots and people who should know better said some ignorant crap about diversity in comics? No, not that time, or the 80 other times this year— I mean, that one last week on a panel about a superhero documentary.
Now, wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a documentary about diversity in comics? GUESS WHAT. The Ladydrawers collective— who for years have been posting comics on Truthout about women’s rights and racial and sexual diversity— are trying to do just that!
The Ladydrawers documentary Comics Undressed is an ambitious project with the primary aim of addressing media justice in comics and popular culture. We intend to portray the underlying forms of discrimination that impact representations of women, queers, trans folk, non-binary gender people, and people of color. We seek to support a diversity of racial, gender, and sexual identities that make up our society as well as unveil the surprising economic injustices and cultural biases that occur. Our goal is to present a sincere heartfelt documentary that captures our love for comics while critiquing the structure of the comics industry.
The thing is, they have just 4 days now to raise $7,000.
If just one-fifth of my followers donated just one dollar, then they’d make it. If you’ve already donated, you can go back and add a dollar to your existing pledge!
And let’s not forget that another Kickstarter-backed documentary, Wonder Women! was later aired on PBS, the same network that will be airing the aforementioned superhero documentary. Wouldn’t it be great if PBS themselves had a counterpoint to the ignorant crap said in the “promotion” of their own documentary? But it can’t happen without you!