Last year I read, greatly enjoyed and wrote about Team Girl Comic #10 here and so when I was emailed by TGC editor Gill Hatcher, I knew that I couldn’t resist the chance to do it again with this new issue. Team Girl Comic is great partially because it’s full of a lot of great comics and it lets you try out fifteen different comics for the price of one, but also because it’s a great way to find out about a bunch of terrific and talented women comic makers. This installment is no different, offering up over a dozen different and interesting comics, all by female comic creators.
This issue starts off with a tender, touching and somewhat depressing comic called “Non-fiction” about just trying to make it through each day. Clare Forrest uses sparse words and phrases that really remind me of the ways I think sometimes on days when I’m depressed or down. It can seem like you only have two thoughts in one day, and this comic sends that message beautifully. When she writes “i wish i’d been born as a plant.” over a beautiful black and white drawing of a window garden, you really, really feel it. This might sound sarcastic, but it really does set a great mood for the rest of the anthology. It really grounds you and puts you in a mindful attitude.
A lot of these comics are really fun reads. Hatcher’s own comic, about a fifteen year old girl going to a local socialist meeting, really tickled my funny bone. Amanda Hateball’s “Urban legend” was a wonderfully drawn comic about a different kind of hoarding. Another favorite of mine was “The Bandit Cafe” by Shona Heaney. It has really cute art that makes even a giant Orc patisserie chef look welcoming (but still terrifying). The story seems like the kind of thing that would happen during a D&D session played by the funniest and most fun group of role players ever.
Both Iona Mowat’s “Losing My Religion” and “Rolling with it” by MJ Wallace struck a different kind of chord with me. Both were about girls who grew up in the church and then drifted away when they got new interests that didn’t exactly line up with what they had been taught by their churches. Mowat’s story tells about how she learned that dinosaurs aren’t mentioned in the bible, and Wallace’s talks about being taken aside by religious leaders to hear that her new found interest in tabletop RPGs was in conflict with her religion. Everyone knows I love dinosaurs, and I also remember getting into RPGs and fantasy when I was a youth and hearing my youth group leader tell a friend that D&D was satanic, but neither of those things discouraged me from my faith. So it’s interesting for me to see others who have similar, and yet still very different experiences.
“Urban Wildlife” by Letty Wilson is definitely my favorite of the bunch; in fact, it’s one of my favorite comics I’ve read all year. It’s got just the perfect amount of creepiness, weirdness and folksiness to make it the perfect urban legend. This is the perfect kind of comic for an anthology like this. It works absolutely wonderfully in just four pages, creating and filling out an entire world and system of magic. I’m absolutely in love with the fox witch in this comic. Wilson’s art has just the perfect balance of smooth lines and dark black space with aggressive shapes and really great symbology. I’m really obsessed this comic, I would say that the book is worth the cost just for this comic alone.
The final comic is a very fitting one. A simple one page comic by Jef Sinclair, “On the move (again)” is similar in some of it’s tone to “Non-fiction.” It’s pretty melancholy, but also ends on a hopeful note, which is nice. Overall, Team Girl Comic #11 was a delight to read. I can’t wait to check out a bunch of these writers and artists over the next few weeks. If you’d like to get a copy or find out more, you can check out their website or buy the comic online.
New Releases (July 29)
Princeless: Be Yourself #2 (Action Lab)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4 (Archie Comics)
Help Us Great Warrior #6 (Boom!)
Tomb Raider #18 (Dark Horse)
Batgirl #42 (DC)
Batgirl Annual #3 (DC)
Red Sonja #17 (Dynamite)
Jem and the Holograms #5 (IDW)
X-Files Annual 2015 (IDW)
Sex Criminals #11 (Image)
1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (Marvel)
Black Widow #20 (Marvel)
Hawkeye Vol. 4: Rio Bravo (Marvel)
Star Wars #7 (Marvel)
X-Men ’92 #2 (Marvel)
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