Lauren McCubbin takes a long hard look at the "Womanthology" anthology of comics by women and gets excoriated by her peers for bring up very important questions. Chiefly, if the anthology raised $100K on Kickstarter for the anthology, why are none of the contributors getting paid?
Laurenn McCubbin My Name is Laurenn, and I am a Bad (comics) Feminist
Today, I asked some questions on the internets about the upcoming Womanthology book. It has raised over $100k, and gotten some comics press. I, along with some other people, have asked where that money is going. In return, I have gotten emails, tweets & texts saying among other things that I was “starting a fire where there was no wood” and “contributing to girl-on-girl violence”. My goodness.
I have been following the whole Womanthology story since the get go because hey, I like comics. I have drawn comics and published comics & been in comics anthologies. I no longer work in comics (that much - I dabble), and I know that being a lady in the field of comics is a tough row to hoe in an industry that is already a hard place to make a career. I get it.
I am not a huge fan of anthologies. Anthologies should be carefully curated, budgeted & planned. They are an IMMENSE amount of work. The amount of emailing alone - ye gods, I would not wish that on my worst enemy.
An anthology of only one kind of minority artist? Ugh. It smacks of ghettoization. No one is going to say “this is actually kind of sucky” because who wants to be that person? But the truth is, some of these kind of anthologies are kind of sucky!
An anthology for charity has it’s own issues.
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