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The Fresh Romance Kickstarter is in Its Last Week; Go Back It and Get GREAT Comics, In Print!

March 9, 2016

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Fresh Romance is one of the best things to happen to the comic book industry in ages.  It’s a great time for comics all around right now, with lots of good superhero, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all ages books available each month, but the romance genre has been very underrepresented.  Romance series used to be huge for comics back in the Silver Age, but they slowly faded away and have yet to come back in a big way.

But now we’ve got Fresh Romance, a monthly digital series that showcases several different kinds of romance genres from historical to high school to fantasy, all from a modern, female-focused, sex positive, and LGBTQ+ friendly perspective.  It’s a great book, and now it’s going to be available in print.  And you can get on board with their Kickstarter!

Fresh Romance is a one-woman operation on the production side of things at Rosy Press, helmed by editor Janelle Asselin.  But now she’s teamed with Oni Press to put the digital stories out in print form, and the Kickstarter is for a special edition of the first collection.  Backing the Kickstarter will a) get you an awesome book filled with killer stories, and b) demonstrate the viability of Fresh Romance and hopefully lead to more print collections through Oni down the road.

There are a variety of levels at which you can support the Kickstarter, with lots of fun rewards in the mix, but the print book at the core of the campaign is the biggest prize to me.  Here’s what you’re going to get in the 224 page volume:

  • School Spirit by Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Amanda Scurti, and Taylor Esposito. School Spirit is the story of four teens embroiled in keeping their love lives secret from everyone around them. It’s never quite that simple, though, and complications for this group include bigoted parents and witch-y powers!
  • Ruined is an historical romance by Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Ryan Ferrier featuring a couple entering a loveless marriage at the prompting of society and their families. The future looks bleak for Andrew and Catherine, but there’s more to each of them than either one knows. (Just chapter 1 — 60 pages of story — will be included)
  • The Ruby Equation stars a cynical matchmaker from another dimension who has to learn to believe in love for real! But is a coffee shop the right place to learn lessons of love? Written by Sarah Kuhn, drawn by Sally Jane Thompson, colored by Savanna Ganucheau, and lettered by Steve Wands.
  • Beauties by Marguerite Bennett, Trungles, and Rachel Deering takes readers to a lush fantasy world where the beautiful are beastly and the beasts are beautiful — and true love can be either.
  • First, Last, and Always by Kieron Gillen and Christine Norrie is about the magic of a first kiss with someone.

The stories are fantastic, and there are some killer creators in the mix, including Kate Leth, who writes the AWESOME Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat!; Marguerite Bennett from the great DC Comics Bombshells, Angela: Queen of Hel, and a bunch of other titles; and Keiron Gillen from Journey into Mystery, The Wicked & the Divine, Young Avengers, and more.  Everyone else is wonderful as well, and all of the stories are polished and enjoyable.

The Fresh Romance Kickstarter currently has six days left and is only $16,500 from its goal.  I really want this book to happen, partly because I think Fresh Romance is great and important and partly because I want to get my hands on this Kickstarter exclusive special edition with the Kevin Wada cover!  You should definitely check out the Kickstarter and get on board, and then tell your friends.  Janelle Asselin and Rosy Press are what we need in the comic book industry, a publisher that focuses on telling high quality, enjoyable stories with female characters and female creators at the forefront.  Show your support and get some amazing comics at the same time; it’s an absolute win-win!

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Women At DC Comics Watch – July 2014 Solicits

April 30, 2014

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July should be very busy for female creators at DC Comics, largely due to Vertigo but there’s some solid representation on the superhero side of things as well. It’s not a bad month for female characters either, so all together July is looking like one of DC’s better months. Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #33, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #33, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #33, and Amanda Conner has a super packed month co-writing Secret Origins #4, Harley Quinn #8, and Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • For New 52 art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #25, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #33, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #33, and Amanda Conner is busy again, doing the cover for Harley Quinn #8 and the cover and some interior art for Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Rachel Dodson inks the cover for Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #1, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #4,
  • As a sidenote, DC has some books with VERY long titles. It’s a little bit out of hand.
  • Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are doing interior art for the new series, Bodies, while Fiona Stephenson is doing the cover for Bodies #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #9, Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #7, and Annie Mok, Rachel Deering, Jody Houser, and Carla Berrocal all have work in the anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1
  • In terms of characters, some dudes are getting news books, like Dick Grayson, a Robin special, and the new Star-Spangled War Stories that features G.I. Zombie. But a couple of new team books have ladies, including Joker’s Daughter, Harley Quinn, and Amanda Waller in New Suicide Squad #1 and Wonder Girl and Raven on the terribly covered Teen Titans #1. Secret Origins will again feature two men and one woman; this month, the woman is Harley Quinn, who is everywhere in July.
  • Also, the new Vertigo series Bodies has at least one main female character in its multiple storylines, a Detective Sergeant named Shahara Hasan.

All together, there are 17 different women working on 14 different books in July, up nicely from June’s 12 and 12. Now, 4 of these women are from a one-shot special, which means we likely won’t see them again next month, but we may see them down the road on a different book. Bringing in new names and expanding editors’ rolodexes could very easily lead to future projects.

The new female character situation is okay, though we’ve seen a lack of new solo female titles at DC since Harley Quinn launched in the fall. Representation in team books is good, but DC could still be doing a lot more with their female characters. They could also let their female creators write and draw men for a change; most of the female creators in the New 52 books are writing and drawing women, which is fun but also an odd sort of pigeonholing.

If you like ladies in your comic books, real or fictional, DC’s July offerings give you a decent amount of choices. It’s not quite a buffet of female-led books, but it’s an okay sampling, and better than the crumbs we’ve seen in past months. I imagine things will drop in August, just based on the sorts of books coming out in July, but hopefully new projects will bring in new women and the numbers will continue to grow.


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