hi! what are your favorite comics written by women that ARE NOT superhero books? been adding stuff to my instock trades wishlist and with Vertigo now gone it's kind of lit a fire under my ass to support other cool stuff out there. feel free to boost!

just want to say thanks to everyone who has contributed to the thread so far! these are all great!

here's a few faves of mine that havent been mentioned yet:

Make Me a Woman by Vanessa Davie

My Brain Hurts by Liz Baillie

Emi Town by Emi Lenox

Drinking at the Movies by Julia Werts

Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston Flores

these are all prob close to a decade old tho so dont know if they're still in print but all great!

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@Jessicacrets just gunna bookmark and watch this thread and see if it grows 👀 hopefully with graphic novels too since I prefer those but still uwu

@Jessicacrets Check out Iron Circus Comics titles! Lots of great women creators!

@Jessicacrets I read a bit of Lumberjanes and so far its cute and fun

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@Jessicacrets Lumberjanes! One of the co-creators is now responsible for the new She-Ra. ^_^

The Pervert, a furry autobiography of a trans woman sex worker:

Mythics and humans together in Moonstruck:

Kim & Kim, sci-fi bounty hunters (one is trans):

Roller derby in "Slam":

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@porsupah I love The Pervert and Kim & Kim! will check out the others!

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@porsupah @Jessicacrets I want you to know that your suggestions have sent me on a scavenger hunt for a decent priced new Volume 1 of this comic. Holy shit I almost had it with Barnes and Noble and then it turned out they ship to every county except the UK. So that was £15 new and everything else is like £30 new which is insane or even £20 used. 😭

I haven't even started looking for the others yet either oh godddd

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@roxxers *grin* I can be expensive to know. =:)

If digital is an option, ComiXology (sadly an Amazon company) has everything available immediately. Comic reading on an iPad is a joyous experience. ^_^

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@porsupah see i struggle to read on screens as it is so I prefer a physical copy for that and the other regular reasons :/ it just seems like it got a good release in the UK and no where else yet volume 2 is pretty easy to get 😭

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@roxxers Ahh, okies. Which title? I admit, I barely look at physical releases - do you have a good actual comic emporium within reach? Bit of an endangered species these days, but even Forbidden Planet can be good.

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@porsupah and its just issues 1-4 titled "Kim & Kim, Volume 1: This Glamorous, High-Flying Rock Star Life" cause I dont like messing with small issues and rather having bigger books and collections

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@roxxers I'm sort of split - I like the smaller numbers of titles in larger volumes, but with the individual issues, you'll sometimes get more cover art and readers' letters. (Sometimes they'll include the covers in the volumes, of course, which is pretty cool)

Oh, if you want an extra rec for a title that isn't by women, but has a strong female-centric cast and absence of male gaze, Giant Days is very good. You can get an idea of what his work's like from his various online series, including Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery.

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@porsupah I have a forbidden planet sorta in range if I have a day trip to manchester but idk how decent the collection of non super hero comics are past scott pilgrim lol. Anything closer is a smaller indie place that is nice but I know wont have it

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@roxxers @porsupah try I believe they ship internationally! not sure what the rates are tho

@Jessicacrets oh and if manga counts dungeon meshi is genuinely some of the most fun and original fantasy i have ever seen

@Jessicacrets Most of these are actual *books* instead of monthlies. Still, HIGHLY recommended! :da_la:

– This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
– The Nameless City, Faith Erin Hicks
– Be Prepared, Vera Brosgol
– Relish, Lucy Knisley
– Pretty much anything by Carla Speed McNeil
– My Boyfriend is a Bear, Pamel Ribon and Cat Ferris
– Anything by Kate Beaton
– Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
– Through the Woods, Emily Carroll
– The Prince & the Dressmaker, Jen Wang
– The Secret Loves of Geeks

@Rheall also only one of these I'm well familiar with is Kate Beaton so I have a lot of cool creators to check out!

@Jessicacrets Ah, nice! :D Yeah, they're all amazing! Many of these might be classified as "Tween" fiction, but the stories are still SO GOOD and highly recommended! :D

@Jessicacrets A couple more:

– Digger, Ursula Vernon
– Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
– Anything by Lucy Bellwood
– Pretty much anything published by Iron Circus Comics
– The Witch Boy, Molly Ostertag
– My Solo Exchange Diary, (NSFW) Nagata Kabi
– Check, Please!, Ngozi Ukazu
– Anything by Alison Bechdel (of the Bechdel Test fame)
– The Customer is Always Wrong, Mimi Pond
– You & a Bike & a Road, Eleanor Davis
– Spinning, Tillie Walden
– Octopus Pie, Meredith Gran
– Lucky Penny, Yuko Ota

@Rheall "a couple more" lol

thank you!!!! once again only familiar with a few of these (persepolis, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, My Solo Exchange Diary) so this is much appreciated!

@Jessicacrets I'm so glad! I love spreading the news of good comics, I'm glad it's appreciated. ^^

@Jessicacrets Argh, that should be "Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris" yikes XD

@Jessicacrets I'm reading On a Sunbeam in print rn and I love it.

also mini-spoiler:
did not see a single male character yet

@Jessicacrets I'm going to be a little cheeky and suggest Sweatdrop Studios here (who my other half is a part of)!

They're a UK manga collective of mostly women whose work ranges from fantasy to slice-of-life to sci-fi and oddball fairy tale-y stuff

They've got a (only very newly set up) presence here at @sweatdrop and a website with rather more stuff at :)

@Jessicacrets Nimona. ... I mean technically it's not superhero. I suppose it's superVILLAIN, in a way, but it's not chiefly about that. It's heckin' good tho.

@Jessicacrets ‘bingo love’ which is a love story about two black women written by a queer disabled black women.

@Jessicacrets „Wet Moon“ by Sophie Campbell!

Great artwork, verious body types (many not slim charas, yay), various skin colors, people with disabilities. Most charas are queer and very few male charas at all.

A very goth-y atmosphere and partially eerie.

This comic really exited me, after being not that blown away by most contemporary comics for a while.

@Jessicacrets The IDW version of Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell

@mxsiege @Jessicacrets does Melinda Gebbie’s lost girls count, if Alan Moore co-wrote it?

- Read Tillie Walden's On a Sunbeam earlier this year, it's great!
- My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris is a long read but it's worth it, the writing is excellent and every page is a masterpiece. Also Vol. 2 is coming this fall!
- Anything by Kondoh Akino, her short stories collection Bug's World is very good if you want to see her style evolving.
- If you manage to find it in english, Frida by Vanna Vinci can be crude, but also a very interesting read.

Most of my faves have been covered in the thread. Definitely second any Melinda Gebbie, Marjane Satrapi and Alison Bechdel. However also look out for: Posy Simmonds, Rumiko Takahashi, Clamp, Jacky Fleming, Mary Anne Talbot. Let me know if you want me to suggest some titles.

If your comic habit is feeling too dear, have you tried your local library service?

@Jessicacrets Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is an extremely good memoir about dealing with parents’ aging and death, and sorting out a long, messy relationship with them

She’s made cartoons for the New Yorker and such for decades, and is really good at pinpointing very specific neurotic emotional states, and here you get to see that skill on a much grander canvas of poignant tragedy

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