Before she officially got back into the editing game with her Black Crown imprint, Shelly Bond collaborated with Kristy Miller & Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design on Femme Magnifique, a crowdfunded anthology of biographies of notable women in history.

While the Kickstarter edition raised nearly $100,000, IDW is making a softcover edition available this September via Black Crown. Subjects include Kate BushOctavia ButlerRumiko TakahashiAda LovelaceMisty CopelandMargaret SangerMichelle ObamaUrsula K. Le GuinSally RideHarriet Tubman and more.

Contributors include Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite BennettBill SienkiewiczJen BartelMike CareyKelly Sue DeConnickTini HowardElsa CharretierTess FowlerRafael AlbuquerqueTee FranklinGilbert HernandezMing DoyleMatt WagnerJim RuggGail SimoneMags VisaggioMarguerite SauvageGerard WayPhilip BondHope NicholsonSanford GreeneSonny LiewJen HickmanMark BuckinghamPeter GrossTyler CrookDan Parent, and Kieron Gillen. 

The new edition will have bonus material including a foreword, behind-the-scenes process pages, and more.

“On behalf of my co-curators Brian and Kristy Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design, I’m honored to bring an important book like FEMME MAGNIFIQUE to the masses,” said editor/co-curator Shelly Bond. “Thanks to IDW for agreeing to release a softcover edition through BLACK CROWN. Tremendous thanks to over 100 artists and writers, and the thousands of Kickstarter backers from around the world, who made the original hardcover possible.  In an age when many of our civil liberties are in jeopardy, I hope this anthology will resonate and inspire.  Here’s to 50 magnificent women — and future legends — in pop, politics, art and scence who crack ceilings in the name of equality.”

The new paperback edition of Femme Magnifique goes on sale September 4, 2018 and can now be pre-ordered using ISBN: 978-1684053209


  1. Interesting to see Octavia Butler and Ursula Leguin in a list but, yes; ‘cracking the ceiling for equality’; Butler definitely fits.

    The recently late Leguin was huge for me growing up, as she was for so many.

    Impressive list of contributors.

  2. Recommendation: fans of X-men and/or Harbinger comics really ought to read Octavia Butler’s Patternmaster series of novels, if you haven’t done so. That includes Mind of my Mind.

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