Monday, 26 August 2013

Female Superheroes

I've never been a great fan of superheroes (they didn't hold any particular appeal for me in my childhood for example), but I like the potential in the idea of them to tell big stories with big ideas.

A few years ago I idly thought it would be great to write a story where the world is full of superheroes, but they're all women. What changes would that bring about? I like working on female characters and to my mind it would be a chance to redress the extreme fetishisation of female superheroes in comics to this day with grounded, fleshed-out (and fleshed-in) characters.

So with all this in mind, I've been periodically working on the project and now have a few pages of comic to share with you. This is a story about Meredith Ouedraogo and how she sees the world, and you can see her pictured in this concept drawing.
And this is her introductory sequence. I printed myself a little pamphlet to see how the pages were working in their intended format, and you can see a photo of that after the pages:

I was aiming for a combination of traditional comics inking and underground comix line work to complement the milieu in which the action is taking place.

This is a project that I have a lot of passion for, so if you'd like to get in touch with your thoughts I would love to hear them. Hopefully I can share some more art with you soon.

P.S. This is to be the first of a couple of new posts to show some of the diversity of what I'm up to at the moment, so keep your eyes peeled for more work.

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