Cracking Ceilings, Taking Names, Changing The Game – It’s Femme Magnifique

Three days ago, the crowdfunding campaign launched for a project already catching the attention of the comics community. Spearheaded by former head of Vertigo, Shelly Bond, and Kristy and Brian Miller, the founders of Hi-Fi Color Design, the proposed book, Femme Magnifique, sets out to present 30 comics stories to “salute women of pop, politics, art, and science”. That goal is enough to set this project apart as something that could impact the future of comics publishing, but the roster of names added to the list of contributors further boosts the signal on this campaign.

From Tess Fowler to Kelly Sue DeConnick, Elsa Charretier, and most recently announced, Gerard Way, comics pros coming from a number of different artistic traditions are lining up for Femme Magnifique.

Eight of the stories and creative teams behind them have been announced, including:

  • Kat Blaque — story & art by Tess Fowler with color by Hi-Fi
  • Sally Ride — story by Cecil Castellucci, art by Philip Bond, color by Hi-Fi
  • Hillary Clinton — story by Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Elsa Charretier, color by Hi-Fi
  • Cindy Whitehead — story & art by Jim Rugg
  • Harriet Tubman — story by Chuck Brown, art by Sanford Greene
  • Ursula K. Le Guin — story by Robin Furth, art by Devaki Neogi

And the eighth story will be by Gerard Way and Marley Zarcone.

The campaign has already put up previews of some of the stories that will be included in the volume:

The book will come in a digital edition, print edition, “free speech edition”, an “ultimate edition” and more.

Here’s the trailer for the Femme Magnifique campaign:

The campaign is seeking $40,000 and will close on March 16th, 2017. Don’t miss out on a chance to take part in a project set to make definitive positive impact on comics and culture through focusing on the achievements of women and bringing together creators who want to see more diversity in the stories told through the comics medium.

Here’s the hugely formidable full list of the creators involved in the project, as released so far:

  • Jason Shawn Alexander (Frostbite, Empty Zone),
  • Michael and Laura Allred (iZombie, Madman),
  • David Barnett (Calling Major Tom, The Guardian)
  • Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms),
  • Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Invisible Republic),
  • Marguerite Bennett (Animosity, InSEXts)
  • Aditya Bidikar (The Skeptics),
  • Philip Bond (Kill Your Boyfriend, The Invisibles),
  • Tamra Bonvillain (Doom Patrol, Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur),
  • Chuck Brown (Rotten Apple. Punisher: Choosing Sides),
  • Paige Braddock (Jane’s World, Stinky Cecil),
  • Mark Buckingham (Fables) and Irma Page,
  • Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Girl with All the Gifts),
  • Cecil Castellucci (Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, Shade, The Plain Janes),
  • Elsa Charretier (Harley Quinn, The Unstoppable Wasp),
  • Johnnie Christmas (Angel Catbird),
  • Jamie Coe (Art Schooled),
  • Tyler Crook (Harrow County),
  • Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven, Doctor Who),
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Pretty Deadly),
  • Ming Doyle (Girl Over Paris, The Kitchen),
  • Kelly Fitzpatrick (Shade, the Changing Girl, Bitch Planet,Scooter Girl),
  • Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday, Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy Crossover),
  • Tess Fowler (Rat Queens),
  • Tee Franklin (Nailbiter: The Outfit, Love Is Love)
  • Karrie Fransman (Death of An Artist, The House that Groaned),
  • Robin Furth (Dark Tower),
  • Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce),
  • Kieron Gillen (Star Wars: Darth Vader, The Wicked + The Divine),
  • Casey Gilly (The Skeptics),
  • Gillian Goercz (The Boss, Chicken Game),
  • Che Grayson (Rigamo)
  • Sanford Greene (Power Man Iron Fist),
  • Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten),
  • Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets),
  • Dustin Harbin (Diary Comics),
  • Hi-Fi (Boom, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, Marvel, Vertigo)
  • Jen Hickman (The Dead, Regular Show),
  • Betsy Houlton (New York Daily News),
  • Jon Davis Hunt (The Wildstorm, Clean Riom),
  • Megan Hutchison (Rockstars),
  • Tini Howard (The Skeptics),
  • Lucy Knisley (Relish, Something New),
  • Eugenia Koumaki (Womanthology),
  • Teddy Kristiansen (It’s A Bird, The Sandman),
  • Alisa Kwitney (Token, Convergence: Batgirl, Till the Fat Lady Sings)
  • Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Doctor Fate),
  • Shawn Martinbrough (Luke Cage Noir, Thief of Thieves),
  • Alain Mauricet (Harley Quinn, Dadterdly and Mutley),
  • Shawn McManus (Fables, The Sandman)
  • Leah Moore (Albion),
  • Kristy Miller (Birds of Prey),
  • Brian Miller (Harley Quinn, Star Wars, Ziggy Stardust),
  • Lauren Moyer (This Thing Called Love, Exhalations Dance Theatre, Berks Ballet)
  • Devoki Neogi (The Skeptics),
  • Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls),
  • Christine Norrie (Hopeless Savages),
  • Brett Parson (New Romancer, Tank Girl Gold)
  • Dan Parent (Archie),
  • Laurie Penny (The Guardian),
  • Liz Prince (Tomboy: a graphic memoir, Alone Forever),
  • Christina Rice (My Little Pony, Colonial Comics),
  • Rori! (100 Women/100 Days) and Gibson Twist (Pictures of You),
  • Jim Rugg (Street Angel, The Plain Janes),
  • Steven T. Seagle (It’s A Bird, Big Hero 6)
  • Paula 7bergen (Window Pains, contributor to Bust),
  • Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard, Jessica Jones),
  • Marguerite Sauvage (Faith, DC Bombshells),
  • Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin),
  • Gail Simone (Batgirl, Clean Room),
  • Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther),
  • Rachael Stott (Star Trek, Doctor Who),
  • Jill Thompson (Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, Scary Godmother),
  • Emma Vieceli (Adventures of Super Girl),
  • Matt Wagner (Grendel),
  • Gerard Way (Doom Patrol, My Chemical Romance)
  • Maris Wicks (Science Comics),
  • Annie Wu (Black Canary)
  • Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats),
  • Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl)

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