For the most last minute best of article, here is:
Top Hardcore Lady Type Comics of 2016
In alphabetical order here goes:
Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting
Emet rounded out their series with issues 3 & 4 and had a kickstarter to release their first hard bound collection of their series Finding Molly, a young woman fresh out of college finding her way through the art world and getting stuck cat-sitting instead. It’s fun day-in-the-life with whimsical art. Definitely something to check out. Start reading on their Tumblr here.
Raina Telegemeirer’s newest book hits this year and as usual we all love it to pieces. A long time in the making the story follows a family moving into a ghost inhabited town where Dia De Los Meurtos truly brings ancestors and the living together. A wonderful tale and informative if you don’t know about the tradition. This book celebrates a zest for life, love and family.
The third volume released this year. This series is just. plain. good. The humor is unique and has me laughing out loud a lot more than most things do. The art is a great pairing. Another day-in-the-life comic that just nails it. Seriously, go check it out. Now!
A villainous young henchgirl who’s not so great at her job, attempting to find a better fit but societal norms are just not fit for her. With her run-ins with the bank teller turn super-hero (with such a clever name as Mannequin who looks like a rosy cheeked bellhop) this comic brings the fun back into funny pages. Look out for a collection in Spring 2017!
Kim and Kim
Under the radar is Black Mask’s Kim & Kim, two rogue bounty hunters paving their way through the galaxy with one of the biggest bounties to cross their paths. Most notably about this series is Kimiko Quatro transwoman storyline. Without being a coming out tale, it’s Kim dealing with whatever comes at her, including her father’s nonacceptance and their falling out. Both girls have fun whatever they do while navigating necromancers, tentacle monsters and past relationships and crushes. Plus, the girls are super fun, kick butt and cute to boot. A fun, adventure sci-fi story not to be missed.
This series is both beautifully illustrated and written with a depth and complexity that is engaging and compelling. It is a best seller and stays that way because it really is just that good.
Princeless: Make Yourself
Princeless is a series that gets better and better so it easily slides into my Top 3 favorite comics. This year, it hit hard when Bedelia meets up with her grandfather, a black smith himself, and being that black smithing is generally passed down through strictly male lineage, Bedelia is frightened to admit to him her passion and high skill for the trade. A tearful, beautiful moment between them solidifies the top 3 spot in my best comics list.
Princeless Raven Pirate Princess
This series has a different tone, perhaps slightly more grown up to its sister title Princeless. This series branched off of the main series after Raven ran into Adrienne in Volume 3. From then on Raven has been on her own quest to regain what is rightfully hers. It’s LGBT, bada** lady friendly. 2 volumes were released this year alone, so you can binge 3 full volumes of this super cool, diverse and queer friendly lady-types!
This year we saw 2 more issues be released for Emet Comics’ Wendy Project. Gorgeous illustrations tell the story of real world Wendy (of Peter Pan) who loses her brother Michael after a car crash and is believed to be grieving when she says she saw him fly away with someone into the sky. Now, she experiences breaks in reality that mix real world with fairy tales. Drawn in a journal style, Veronica Fish’s art is absolutely something to see.
An alternate history fiction piece that has great visual story telling. It’s dark and griping, and at times a little nerve-wracking. The schedule on this is slow moving so we see an issue once or twice a year. But when there’s a new one there’s always something worth waiting for. Emet started a tumblr for this like they did Finding Molly. Check it out here.
There’s tons more so look forward to 2017’s Must Read Lists to come!
Happy New Year!