Ladies Making Comics Tournament

January 29th, 2011 by

The tumblr/blog Ladies Making Comics (a fabulous subject for a blog), is having a tournament where it pits two female comics creators against each other, and readers can vote, eventually coming up with one winner. It’s just a bit of fun, and I thought I’d pass on a link. The first round consisted of: Gail Simone v. Marjorie Liu

Nicola Scott v. Amy Reeder

Alison Bechdel v. Posy Simmonds

Kate Beaton v. Megan Rose Gedris

Laura Martin v. Christina Strain

They are now on round two:

Kathryn Immonen v. Devin Grayson

Emma Rios v. Sara Pichelli

Marjane Satrapi v. Faith Erin Hicks

Elena “Yamino” Barbarich v. Meredith Gran

Adrienne Roy v. Lynn Varley

I really feel bad, that I only recognized 5 names out of 20. It made me wonder how many female comics creators I could come up with off the top of my head, that haven’t turned up in the tournie yet.

Here is who I could come up with, with out double checking the spelling of their names ( just to see if I know them well enough without having to research):

Lynda Berry (Ernie Pook’s Comeek, 100 Demons)

Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Lil’ Endless)

Dianne Dimassa (Hothead Paisan: Homocidal Lesbian Terrorist)

Rene Engstrom (Anders Loves Maria)

Jennifer Camper (Bitchy Bitch)

Jessica Abel (Art Babe, Life Sucks)

Amanda Conner (Power Girl)

Jenny Breadon (the Devil’s Panties)

Amber Benson (Shadowplay, Willow and Tara)

Jane Espenson (Buffy season 8)

Ellen Forney (I Was Seven in Seventy-five)

And a few I’m not certain about:

Pia Guerra (Y: the Last Man)  Not entirely positive that this person is female.  I think so again was avoiding research

the creator or Girls with Slingshots, ( might be a guy, I don’t know)

Alan Moore’s daughter (not sure what her credits are, but I think she has done some comics work).

So with the five I recognized from the tournament, that means there are 16 female comics creators I am aware of, and three others I may need to research.  That seems pretty pathetic, I know I could at the very least double that, if asked to name male creators.  I guess it’s a good thing their is a blog out there highlighting the works of others.

So go out there and vote!

Post Script:  I came across the the tournament, through a link on Yamino’s blog.  She is the writer/artist, of Sister Claire.  If you haven’t read Sister Claire yet, you should, it’s adorable (there is a martial art in it, known as Nun fu)!

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3 Responses to “Ladies Making Comics Tournament”

  1. Susie Says:

    Oops! Forgot Colleen Doran, that makes seventeen.

  2. Megan Says:

    This is awesome!

    A few more for your list:
    Ariel Schrag
    Megan Kelso
    Audrey Niffenegger (she’s mostly known for The Time Traveller’s Wife, but I love her for The Night Bookmobile: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/nightbookmobile)

    Also, Danielle Corsetto is the name of the woman who does Girls With Slingshots.

  3. Susie Says:

    Thanks for the additions Megan. I had heard of Arial Schrag, but for some reason didn’t remember to put her on the list. Ditto for Megan Kelso, even though I have read the Squirrel Mother. I love Audrey Niffeneger, but I had no idea she had done comics.

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