IDW to Publish Softcover of Shelly Bond's Femme Magnifique in September

It was one of those curiosities. Shelly Bond curated the female-focused comic book anthology Femme Magnifique that blew up on Kickstarter last year. But Shelly Bond also headed up a publishing imprint of her own at IDW, Black Crown. Couldn't she… you know…?

IDW to Publish Softcover of Shelly Bond's Femme Magnifique in September

Femme Magnifique is headed back to print for a softcover edition in September. It is a celebration of 50 iconic women who shattered glass ceilings and changed the course of history in the process.

Told by over 100 comics creators from around the world, Femme Magnifique features 3-page short stories about women from the world of music, art, politics, and science. Explored from a personal angle, the subjects of these mini-biopics include Kate BushOctavia ButlerRumiko TakahashiAda LovelaceMisty CopelandMargaret SangerMichelle ObamaUrsula K. Le GuinSally RideHarriet Tubman and more!.

Femme Magnifique was conceived and co-curated by Shelly Bond and Kristy Miller & Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design. It features contributions from such comic book luminaries as Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite BennettBill SienkiewiczJen BartelMike CareyKelly Sue DeConnickTini HowardElsa CharretierTess FowlerRafael AlbuquerqueTee FranklinGilbert HernandezMing DoyleMatt WagnerJim RuggGail SimoneMags VisaggioMarguerite SauvageGerard WayPhilip BondHope NicholsonSanford GreeneSonny LiewJen HickmanMark BuckinghamPeter GrossTyler CrookDan Parent, and Kieron Gillen, among many others.

Maxing out at nearly $100,000 raised for the Kickstarter edition, earning over 240% of its initial goal, Femme Magnifique found its audience swiftly. Now, those who missed out on the first go-round can add this collection to their library packed with new bonus material including a foreword, behind-the-scenes process pages, and more.

"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," said editor/co-curator Shelly Bond. "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 scence who crack ceilings in the name of equality."

The new paperback edition of Femme Magnifique will be published on September 4th and can now be pre-ordered right now.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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