Chainmail Bikini

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Pub Date: 04/12/2016

Pages: 204

Trim: 7 x 10

Publisher: Alternative Comics

Imprint: Alternative Comics

ISBN 13: 9781513600123

ISBN 10: 1513600125

Price: $20.00 / $25.99 CAN

Category: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Anthologies

Chainmail Bikini

By Hazel Newlevant, Sophie Yanow, Jane Mai, Molly Ostertag, MK Reed

Price: $20.00



About the Book

Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers! Forty cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about—from video games to tabletop role-playing to collectible card games. The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, and how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves. Alliances are forged, dice get rolled, and dragons get slain! 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.

Chainmail Bikini is edited by Hazel Newlevant (If This Be Sin), and features a cover illustration by Hellen Jo and comics by established talents and rising stars including Annie Mok, Jane Mai, Molly Ostertag, MK Reed, and Sophie Yanow.

About the Book

Comics by women about their love of gaming, from video games to tabletop role-playing to collectible card games.


Sophie Yanow grew up in the woods just north of San Francisco, and in Fall 2011 moved to Montreal, Quebec for an artist residency at La Maison de la Bande Dessinée, where she became a member of the Colosse comics collective. With Colosse she published a collection of journal comics recording her transition to Montreal under the title In Situ, a nod to site-specificity in her creative process. In Montreal she has also participated in projects such as the the 48 Heures de la Bande Dessinée, the strike related online Manif de Bonhommes, and La Hausse en Question strike zine. Her work has also appeared online in places like Top Shelf Comix and The Rumpus. She lives in Montreal.
“Mai and Nguyen’s work is an invaluable resource for whoever wants to get acquainted with a culture that, underneath its frilly garments, is a paradoxical form of empowerment and self-assertion.” — Angelica Frey, Hyperallergic

“Beyond fans, [So Pretty / Very Rotten] offers a general reader an introduction to a consumer subculture that resonates in the nostalgia of fairy tale worlds and external performance of a genderless self.” — Gregory Smith, Pop Matters

An Nguyen is an Ottawa-based cartoonist and illustrator best known for her romantic comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. She has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty / Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don't Talk to Me or I'll Set Myself on Fire.

Jane Mai is a freelance illustrator and comic artist from Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and self-published zines. Koyama Press published her first book, Sunday in the Park with Boys, which was followed by the zine Sorry I Can't Come in on Monday I'm Really Really Sick, and See You Next Tuesday.

Novala Takemoto is a Japanese author, fashion designer and prominent promoter of the Lolita lifestyle. Soleinuit (Kokushokankai), his first collection of essays, was published in 1998. He debuted as a novelist in 2000 with Missin' (Shogakukan). He achieved wide recognition when his 2002 novel Shimotsuma Monogatari (Shogakukan) was adapted into the movie, Kamikaze Girls, in 2004. His most recent work is Rakkusei (Cyzo, Inc.).
Cartoonist Farel Dalrymple is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, the Wrenchies (First Second). He has also collaborated with author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, the Fortress of Solitude) on Omega the Unknown (Marvel Comics). His comic Pop Gun War was a Xeric Grant recipient and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators. He is a co-founder of the comic anthology, Meathaus. He is currently residing in Oregon where he is working on a sequel to Pop Gun War, drawing his Eisner Award nominated webcomic, IT WILL ALL HURT for Studygroup Comics, and illustrating the Earfarmer, a science fiction love story for Dark Horse Presents with writer Chris Stevens.

Experienced dungeon mistress MK Reed is the author of the graphic novels Americus, The Cute Girl Network (First Second) and the forthcoming Pale Fire with art by Farel Dalyrmple (Secret Acres). She also writes and draws the web comic About A Bull. Her work can be found in anthologies like Papercutter, the Big Feminist But, and the Swedish magazine, Galago. Americus was the winner of NAIBA’s 2012 Carla Cohen Free Speech Award, and was a 2011 American Booksellers for Children’s New Voices title. The first chapter was nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story in 2008 after its inclusion in Papercutter 7. MK lives in Brooklyn with a very tall nurse.