Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Kickstart this: Chainmail Bikini, a rad female gaming comics anthology

Friends, as you know, I am not really a fan of Kickstarter --or indeed, crowdfunding in general. However, every now and again, a project will cross my path that is too enticing to pass up, and if said project is a comics anthology with a rad (Queen) Hellen Jo cover, then the question really does become moot. Chainmail Bikini is a 200+ page comics anthology edited by Hazel Newlevant, with all new stories about and by female gamers. With contributions from over 40 artists including Jane Mai, Annie Mok, Carey Pietsch, Aatmaja Pandya, Sophi Yanow, MK Reed, Yao Xiao, and more, the anthology covers all types of gaming from video games to table-top role-playing to collectible card games. The Kickstarter is launched today and is seeking $13,000 towards printing and other costs (there's a full breakdown of where the money's going on the page), and has already raised over $6000 of that goal. Gaming and comics are two a very large crossover interest groups, and with so many fantastic, high-quality artists involved, I've no doubt this will meet it's target a couple of times over at least. This article isn't so much a 'hey, let's get this funded,' as it is a 'look at this amazingly cool comics anthology you'll want to get.' The nitty gritty: you can get a pdf of the book for $10 and a physical copy for $25 (it's not clear, but there's an additional $15 charge for postage to anywhere in the world).

'The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves. Alliances are forged, dice get rolled, and dragons get slain! We believe that gaming should be open to all, regardless of gender. Chainmail Bikini shows that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take as players, makers, and critics of games.'

You can find and pledge to the Chainmail Bikini page here (where you'll also be able to find details of extra rewards and tiers- there's a very nifty goldfoil cover stretch goal), and I've included some preview pages below for a taste of what will be in the book- they should enlargen when you click on them.

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