Hardcore Lady Types is an article series focused on female-fronted comics and highlighting female (and ally) creators giving them more spotlight time.
Happy New Year!
There’s a new small press publisher on the scene as of 2015. Here’s what they are about:
We are a comic book company working to bring more gender equality to the media. Media images can be incredibly powerful in influencing biases that marginalize young women, often making them feel like they aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, or brave enough.
We are encouraging girls to see themselves in the driver seat of their lives and to dare to dream the impossible! How are we doing it? By empowering more female authors and artists and creating a unique platform for their stories.
This new publisher is Emet Comics and they are making some great things. Their comics aren’t one note either, offering a variety of art and genres.
Interested to know more? Their initial goal was to empower female creators. What grew from there became something even greater:
• To create positive and complex female characters for our entertainment
• To shine a light on famous heroines of history and classic literature
• To empower girls and women of all backgrounds, ages and occupations
• To build a community of women who support, encourage and inspire each other
And they are fulfilling on those promises. I’ve had the pleasure of reading their first titles myself and since my excitement my not be enough for you I will review each one so you may decide for yourself.
Let’s start with one of my favorite titles:
Written by: Jean Barker
Art by: Joey Granger
Here’s the summary:
In a future South Africa in which apartheid never ended, the appearance of an angry ancestral spirit sets two village girls on the path to a dangerous destiny.
Zana (Pictured left) is a bi-racial girl, ostracized by her village. ‘Bisa (pictured right) is her friend and an amputee. These 2 qualities play into their future in a big way.
Being under strict control of the white royalists, periodically they order the villages to cleanse their population of the weak or rebellious. When ‘Bisa gets wind of this she rushes to her friend Zana because she knows they are going to be targeted. They must escape and quick!
This first issue was very strong. I understood the characters, the world and the motivations. Where will these girls go? How will they survive? It raised questions and got me excited for the title. I highly recommend picking up this issue at your local comic book store or through our online store!
And stay tuned for more from Emet Comics and more reviews as I go through each one of their new titles!