Image Comics is teaming with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) to tell a story about how women changed free expression in comics. They will tell this tale in She Changed Comics, a full-color, 160-page book debuting this October 2016.
The project was originally launched on Kickstarter last month, where backers funded the project in eight hours and supported several stretch goals, including teaching guides for middle school, high school, and higher education, as well as a nationwide teaching tour.
She Changed Comics will cover female comics creators from the turn of the 20th to present day. It will profile more than 60 women who transformed the landscape of free expansion and expanded the comics artform. It will also examine the plights of women who have been persecuted for expressing themselves through cartoons and feature interviews with some of the most influential women working in comics today. The book will be illustrated throughout, with a professional index and links to additional resources, making it invaluable for educators and fans alike.
Among the 60 women the book will cover include Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson, G. Willow Wilson and more. It will showcase women comic creators who were imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned in the United States.
“More women are reading and making comics, and we want to explore the women who laid the groundwork for this transition in She Changed Comics,” said Betsy Gomez, CBLDF Editorial Director and editor of She Changed Comics. “These are women who opened the door, ventured into new creative terrains, and radically changed the face of free expression in the process. She Changed Comics will be an invaluable tool in CBLDF’s ongoing mission to educate people about the value of comics as art and literature.”
As an education professional and longtime advocate for the contributions women have made to comics, I regard this book as essential,” said Katherine Keller, Sequential Tart co-founder and CBLDF Board Member. “She Changed Comics has an important place in classrooms and libraries, and belongs in the backpack of any young person discovering their place as a reader or creator in this incredible medium.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Image to distribute this book to the widest possible range of readers,” said Christina Merkler, CBLDF Board Member and www.DCBService.com partner. “We’re immensely grateful to all of the Kickstarter backers who funded the creation of the book and all of the incredible added material we had only dreamed was possible. Image’s efforts will allow us to get all of that extraordinary work out to the world in a much bigger way than we could do ourselves. We couldn’t be happier about their support!”