Less than 24 hours ago The Beat and several other websites linked to a Kickstarter page forWomanthology, an all-female anthology of comics by both established and new creators.
Less than 24 hours later not only has it met its $25,000 goal…it is OVER the goal with $27,454 in pledges.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a SURGE of interest in comics, video games, books, movies and TV from females readers, nerds and geeks out there. I have already pointed out how successful female cartoonists and writers are on the bestseller charts. It would seem that everyone who has been squawking about this has spoken with in the loudest way they can — not with Twitter, or Tumblr but the DOLLAR.
Marvel has done a few projects which were more female centric of late –GIRL COMICS was an anthology along the same lines, but (alas) ran into deadline problems. The Jane Austen and Oz adaptations are aimed squarely at the female/literary market, and have enjoyed robust sales and acclaim. Marvel’s kids line is also of wide appeal.
And DC? Well, they’ve canceled a Supergirl book aimed at young girls, continually buried the kids line and turned the female-friendly Vertigo line into a ghost of itself. All while talking about widening their audience.
This isn’t about affirmative action or feminism.
It’s about making money in the modern publishing arena.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.