Geekly Speaking About Presents… The Womanthology Panel at NYCC 2011

Womanthology editors taking charge at NYCC 2011

Due to having gotten hired full-time by the place I’d been temping for all summer, I was only able to go to the New York Comic Con for two days instead of four this year. As a result, I had to carefully pick and choose which panels I attended, making sure that nothing overlapped too much and that I had ample time to get from one panel room to the next before the official start time.

The very first panel I attended on Saturday was for Womanthology, a highly successful Kickstarter-funded project whose aim is to bring more attention to writers and artists who want to create comics by pairing up new and unproven talent with other creators who have already been working in the industry. The unique part about this project is that all of the creators involved are female.

I’m pleased that I was able to get in to see this panel, and when you listen to the audio, you may understand why as well. Show notes after the jump:

Personally speaking, as the submissions editor and contributor to a different kind of female-empowering comics anthology which will also be doing a Kickstarter campaign this December to help with publishing costs, I love the idea that people can come together so quickly to produce a quality product. I also have my reservations about some of the ideas and suggestions put forth in the panel, which I may discuss in a future Geekly Speaking About podcast.

Interestingly, a final note I have to add about why the idea behind Womanthology is so important comes from the result of a random search I did when I couldn’t remember what time the panel started and I found myself at Mindy Steffen’s website. Steffen is the creator of AER HEAD, an indie comic she created last year. She was also in the audience for the panel and was an attendee at last year’s NYCC as well; the difference between the two years for her was vast:

I noticed a significant difference in people’s general responses to me this year when I mentioned that I colored Marvel comics as Kyle Baker’s assistant. (I was careful not to look like I was blatantly name-dropping, and didn’t bring it up with everyone. It naturally came up in conversations). I had a published Deadpool Max comic to show as an example too. Last year, I toted my portfolio around to publishers and asked advice, and was told at worst that my style wasn’t what they were looking for, and at best to just submit samples online to the company’s general email, not to anyone specific. (I don’t like online art submissions, because like job submissions, I think they go into a black void and my time was wasted). But this year, people paid attention to me more! I got lots of positive feedback from the AER HEAD mini comics, and I may have gotten some possible leads to future projects – fingers crossed!

Now, I may just be a cynical so-and-so sometimes, but were the publishers and editors this year responding to her art and talent more on its own merits or the fact that she has worked with a known quantity and is therefore an approved member of the comics-making club? Will the same kind of recognition extend to all of the unknown talent in Womanthology? I most certainly hope so.

Comments? Feedback? Rebuttals? I look forward to hearing from you below.

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 09:00 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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