A good day for development today, as I finally got round to starting work on my music based comic 'Stoned Arabella'.
The basis is simple... three women form a heavy stoner rock band and we follow their ascent/descent in the music world, through gigs, recording, writing and living together. With me so far? Good.
The differences come in to start with in the art. It's all in CMYK, no other colours. There are some shades and opacity, but no blending. Oh, and the finished art is done in Illustrator. No lines, just solid shapes. I want every comic I work on to be different, and to push my creativity with every one too. All of the main characters are women. I hope, real women. No prissy teen queens or super bimbos with boobs bigger than their brains. There's enough of those in comics already. I've had a weak/blind spot when it came to drawing women and having female characters in my stories. I feel like I'm really getting the hang of drawing, and hopefully, writing them now. And it's the first proper mature reader story I've done too...
There's not enough women in comics, which is ironic, as I'm male and writing this... It does seem to be getting better, but it's still a male dominated industry, both in terms of talent and characters. Stoned Arabella (the name of the band my three women make up) is my humble attempt to get more realistic female characters out there, and maybe give female readers a few more characters they can relate to. And it's about the music and life I love.
There are some great female creators out there: Jill Thompson, Colleen Doran, Chynna Clugston, Hope Larson and Christine Norrie to name but a few. I recommend you check out their work. And if you're a women and think you should be in comics, do it. I love creating comics for everyone, and you could too.