Read of the Day: “Presenting 9 Women Who Write Webcomics That You Should Absolutely be Reading”
5:31 pm, October 3rd | by Colette McIntyre
In today’s Read of the Day, xoJane rounds up nine amazing webcomics that are written by women, for women. Good luck getting anything done from this point on.
The first things you notice about Kate Leth are her magnificent tattoos. The second thing is her hair — her bangs are perfect, not a hair out of place. I don’t understand this wizardry, but I make a mental note to ask her in the future.
Spoiler alert: I forgot to ask her.
The 25-year-old Canadian works at a comic shop and has been making comics since 2010. Her comics range from Neil Gaiman love to explanations of sexual identity. She proclaims a love of “weird sex” and her wide-eyed characters’ mouths can sometimes be found stuffed with ball gags.
She sells a mini comic called Ultimate Kate or Die through her Etsy storeand has created buttons for the popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast. You can also find her art in the Adventure Time spinoff comics. She regularly posts comics on her (occasionally NSFW) Tumblr.
YOU’LL LIKE KATE IF YOU LIKE: ladies appreciating ladies, handcuffs, comics about girls being awesome, tattoos, girls with perfect eyeliner.
Danielle Corsetto lives in my home state of West Virginia, but I promise that her proximity to pepperoni rolls has absolutely nothing to do with her place on this list.
Corsetto is the author of Girls with Slingshots, a serial comic that has been in existence since 2004. Do you guys not just die at the dedication of this artist? She juggles multiple characters and story arcs and publishes a strip 5 times a week. Her characters, both male and female, go through dating woes and job woes and all the woes involved with being, well, a person.
(I will put my two cents in here briefly and talk about how I’m not a huge fan of serial comics — I find it difficult to hop in the middle of one, not knowing all the backstory. And sometimes when you come across one, it’s in the middle of an arc and you have to go back like 8 comics to sort of get the gist of what’s happening. But Corsetto has alleviated that issue in her archives by separating out the arcs into manageable chunks, which makes it very easy to read her comic!)
She’s been putting her comics on the web since the early 2000s, and appreciates the ease of webcomics — she says it’s easier to share a website with people rather than a physical book. But that’s not to say that she doesn’t have printed books available: she’s got 7 books for Girls with Slingshots (the 8th one is forthcoming), and she’s also written two Adventure Time original graphic novels.
“Becoming a cartoonist [had] been my dream job since third grade, and how many people actually get their third grade dream job?” asks Cornetto.
Thankfully, she did.
YOU’LL LIKE DANIELLE IF YOU LIKE: sexy drawn cleavage, journalists lamenting the death of journalism, cats, librarians.
For six more incredible artists, click here.