Another collection of stories culled from the pages of The Girly Comic, featuring the talents of industry professionals such as Kate Brown, Justine Shaw, Asia Alfasi, mpMann, Alec Worley and Laura Howell, veteran indy creators such as Lee “Inner City Pagan” Kennedy, Terry “Sleaze Castle” Wiley and Jeremy Dennis, alongside exciting new talents from the British Small Press scene and beyond.
Available to buy now from Lulu for £10 (plus p&p).
You can also see a preview of the book, including the full table of contents of over fifty creators and the foreword by Sarah McIntyre.
Jay & I will be talking about The Girly Comic at Laydeez Do Comics (London) on Monday the 13th August, and we’ll be at Caption on 18/19th August. We’ll have copies of The Girly Comic Book 1 and The Girly Comic Book 2 with us at both events. Hope to see some of you there!
If contributors would like to buy discounted copies of The Girly Comic Book 2, then please contact us.
Some of you will be aware that I suffer from M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and I have also had several other health problems arise this year which have caused me to struggle to do anything apart from my part-time day job (which pays the bills). I have been editing and publishing The Girly Comic for ten years, and have been suffering from M.E. for the last five years. I feel this has had a detrimental effect on the comic. I can no longer give it, or you, the energy the project deserves. Therefore, I’ve decided to put The Girly Comic on hiatus for at least the next few years, while I concentrate on my health and my own writing.
We hope to be back with exciting new Girly projects at some point in the future. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy our extensive archive of comic strips.
Thanks to all Girly contributors and readers for their support over the years.
Factor Fiction will still be continuing with Violent! and we have some other projects in the pipeline.
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The Girly Comic is looking for new work to showcase on our webcomic site (http://factorfictionpress.co.uk/webcomic/) and collect at a later date in print collections. Since starting publication in 2002 The Girly Comic has been nominated for the Comic Creators Guild Award for Best Small Press Title, for the Best Small Press/Indy Comic in the National Comic Awards, and short-listed for the British Fantasy Award for Best Comic for the last two years.
Submissions on any topic or from any genre are welcomed, as the comic aims to have a diverse range of stories suitable for a teenage audience upwards. However, all stories must have a female main character. Strips should be self-contained stories between one and seven pages in length. We are also looking for guest strips by other webcomic or small press comic creators. For an idea of the kind of strips we publish, please see our extensive online archive: http://factorfictionpress.co.uk/webcomic/category/comics/
We are looking for original work, so please do not submit any strips involving characters that are the copyright of another creator or company.
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Writer/Artists: Please send a synopsis or fully written script (as a .rtf, .doc or in the body of your email) and samples of your artwork, along with a few details about yourself.
Writers: Please email a written script (as a .rtf, .doc or in the body of your email), and some details about yourself. If you are unfamiliar with the comic script format, there are plenty of examples online just a Google away.
Artists: Please email samples of your work (no more than a 10mb email attachment), or a website where your work can be found, along with some details about yourself.
As we make no profit from The Girly Comic I’m afraid we are unable to pay creators. However, we will do our utmost to promote the creators we work with, and hopefully help to bring them to the attention of paying publications.
Work submitted remains the copyright of the original creators, with The Girly Comic having first electronic publication rights and the right to reprint the strip in any future printed or ebook collections of the comic.
Full submission guidelines: http://factorfictionpress.co.uk/webcomic/submissions/
Editor: The Girly Comic
Helen awakes from cryosleep in an unknown quarter or space, not knowing how long she has been asleep. She soon discovers most of her shipmates are dead, and one is missing. The search for the missing crew mates, and a possible way home leads her to another spaceship and even greater mysteries. All the while she is haunted by messages sent from Earth decades ago, which are the last link with her daughter Sofia.
Being the final book in a trilogy, references to previous events were a bit lost on me, but despite this I found the story gripping. Helen is portrayed as a determined and multi-layered character, which made me root for her to survive and find a way out of a seemingly impossible situation. It certainly made me want to seek out the earlier volumes too.
The art is highly atmospheric. Close-ups highlight the sense of claustrophobia the characters feel in their spacesuits, while panoramic views of space show their isolation and desolation. Faces are drawn in a detailed and realistic manner, helping you empathise with the characters.
Recommended for sci-fi fans who like a bit of mystery and beautiful art.
This review originally appeared in Prism, the newsletter of The British Fantasy Society.
Since writing the review I’ve bought and read the first two volumes in the trilogy. The whole series makes much more sense now I’ve read all three volumes together. One of the most atmospheric and intriguing sci-fi stories I’ve read/seen in any medium in recent years.
Cinebook, colour, 50pp, pb, English Translation 2010, (Original French, 1986)
Reviewed by Selina Lock
Yoko Tsuno is visiting Hong Kong, but on her boat journey across the bay they are attacked by a giant lizard, which leads to her investigating how such a creature could exist. Along the way she meets an unusual little girl with a special relationship with the lizard, and finds herself in deep trouble when they are also attacked by a dragon. The story mixes adventure with scientific crime investigation and a little sci-fi/fantasy. It’s aimed at a younger audience (8+), but due to some of the dialogue and themes would probably suit an ambitious younger reader best.
The art style, bright colour palette and action reminded me of adventure cartoons, though this has more emotional depth than your average cartoon. I was impressed with the characterisation of Yoko as an independent, resourceful young women, who would have appealed to me as a role model when younger. As an adult it was a fun enough read, with Godzilla versus Mechazilla overtones, but not the first thing I’d reach for from the Cinebook range.
This review originally appeared in Prism, the newsletter of The British Fantasy Society