We at Respect Films and Sequart would like to invite you to help us tell the untold story of women in comics. And time is running out! Our She Makes Comics Kickstarter campaign is entering its final week, and we still need quite a few dollars more to ensure the documentary becomes a reality. (Also, we’re excited to announce the addition of new donation rewards created / autographed by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran, Molly Crabapple, and Miss Lasko-Gross!)
She Makes Comics busts up the “boys’ club” of the comic book world, telling the story of women in the comics industry and in fan culture since the Golden Age of the medium. This film will trace the history of women in comics from its early days, when the majority of readers were, in fact, women. It will explore the early contributions female artists made to superhero comics in the ‘50s and ‘60s; the explosion of underground feminist comics in the ‘70s; the maturation of comics in the ‘80s overseen by several key female editors and executives; and the modern age of indie comics and fandom, where artists and fans thrive in ever-growing communities. For the first time on film, female creators, fans, retailers, and scholars will tell their stories in a celebration of creative passion and barrier-breaking storytelling.
The film will be produced by the same Sequart / Respect Films team behind the critically-acclaimed documentaries The Image Revolution, Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, and Comics in Focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men.
We have turned to Kickstarter to help fund She Makes Comics. This is your chance to support discussion about the merits of comics and to help document the story of the women who’ve had a part in shaping comics history.
“We’re really excited to produce a film that will hopefully inspire a new generation of creators and fans and show women that there is a place for them in comics,” said director / producer Marisa Stotter.
Co-producing She Makes Comics is Karen Green, the comics / graphic novels librarian at Columbia University. “To bring all these women together – these smart, creative, powerful women – telling their stories, telling the history of women in comics, this stands as such an amazing example to women out there, to girls out there, that there are a lot of women in this club. And there’s always room for more.”
Rewards include the documentary as a DVD and / or digital download; original artwork created exclusively for the film by Courtney Wirth, Colleen Doran, and Jill Thompson; and a get-started comics art kit that is perfect for an aspiring artist. Rewards also include books and feature-length documentary films from Sequart’s catalog.
· For current pledgers: If you increase your pledge by $10, you’ll get a copy of The Girls’ Guide to Guys’ Stuff anthology!
· Also for current pledgers: If you increase your pledge by $30, you’ll get an autographed copy of Colleen Doran’s A Distant Soil: The Gathering graphic novel!
· For $200, Miss Lasko-Gross (Escape from Special, A Mess of Everything) will draw a portrait of you (or anyone else) from a photo. This is your chance to get a custom portrait from a talented artist!
· And finally, we have two poster prints of the poem Desert Wind, written by Neil Gaiman and beautifully illustrated by Molly Crabapple. For $400, you can own one! The posters are autographed by both Neil and Molly!
For more information, visit the project’s Kickstarter page.