Ground-Breaking Anthology Femme Magnifique Finds A Home With Black Crown At IDW

by Hannah Means Shannon

Femme Magnifique, wait no longer. The anthology has found a commercial publishing home with Black Crown at IDW, which is only fitting since Black Crown is edited by Shelly Bond and Bond co-curated the volume with Kristy Miller & Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design.

The book will appear in softcover this September and celebrates 50 iconic women who changed the course of history. That subject matter is remarkable enough, but the book also broke new ground by bringing in over 100 comic creators to work on the anthology as a series of 3-page short stories spanning the worlds of music, art, politics, science, and more.

Some of the women who are the subject of these biographical comics are Kate Bush, Octavia Butler, Rumiko Takahashi, Ada Lovelace, Misty Copeland, Margaret Sanger, Michelle Obama, Ursula K. Le Guin, Sally Ride, Harriet Tubman and more.

Contributing comics creators include: Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite Bennett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jen Bartel, Mike Carey, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Tini Howard, Elsa Charretier, Tess Fowler, Rafael Albuquerque, Tee Franklin, Gilbert Hernandez, Ming Doyle, Matt Wagner, Jim Rugg, Gail Simone, Mags Visaggio, Marguerite Sauvage, Gerard Way, Philip Bond, Hope Nicholson, Sanford Greene, Sonny Liew, Jen Hickman, Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross, Tyler Crook, Dan Parent, Kieron Gillen, and many others.

Shelly Bond says:

On behalf of my co-curators Brian and Kristy Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design, I’m honored to bring an important book like FEMME MAGNIFIQUE to the masses. Thanks to IDW for agreeing to release a softcover edition through BLACK CROWN. Tremendous thanks to over 100 artists and writers, and the thousands of Kickstarter backers from around the world, who made the original hardcover possible.  In an age when many of our civil liberties are in jeopardy, I hope this anthology will resonate and inspire. Here’s to 50 magnificent women — and future legends — in pop, politics, art and science who crack ceilings in the name of equality.

The new paperback edition of Femme Magnifique will become available on September 4, 2018 and can now be pre-ordered using ISBN: 978-1684053209