Editor Hazel Newlevant is running a Kickstarter campaign for a comics anthology titled Chainmail Bikini, in which women cartoonists create stories about gaming. Given the current environment of the gaming community, this project is a welcome move away from death threats and pathetic anti-"SJW" rhetoric towards a pure expression of love for the medium of games.

The comics are not just about video games, either --- stories will also cover tabletop gaming and LARPing. The Kickstarter has already more than hit its goal of $13,000, and still has 21 days to go --- and full disclosure, I'm one of the backers!

The creators included in Chainmail Bikini are:

Aatmaja Pandya (TravelogueThe Bell Blues)
Amanda Scurti (Hey, Jana J!)
anna anthropy (ZZTRise of the Video Game Zinesters) & Jeremy Boydell (Self Care with Dog)
Anna Rose (Strange Paradise)
Annie Mok (Unholy ShapesRookie Magazine)
Becca Hillburn (7" Kara)
Buntoo (Q*Star)
Caitlin Rose Boyle (An Itty Bitty Summoning)
Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift)
Diana Nock (Poorcraft, Intrepid Girlbot)
Elizabeth Simins (Bad at Games)
Hazel Newlevant (If This Be Sin)
Jade F. Lee (Lacrimancer)
Jane Mai (Sunday in the Park with Boys)
June Vigants (Benny & Fritz) & Kae Kelly-Colon (Make Your Death)
Kate Craig (Heart of Ice)
Katie Longua (RÖKMunchies)
Kinoko Evans (The Epic of GilgameshZine City Comix)
Kori Michele (Prince of Cats webcomic)
Laura Lannes (The Basil Plant)
Liane Pyper
Maggie Siegel-Berele (Jesus Loves Lesbians Too)
Megan Brennan (Pencil PupSchool of WorldPretty Blockhead Charlie Brown)
merritt kopas (forest ambassador) & Mia Schwartz (Strawberries)
Miranda Harmon (System Upgrade)
MK Reed (The Cute Girl NetworkAmericus)
Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist)
Natalie Dupille (The Feminist Bakery)
Rachel Ordway (Art School Adventures)
Sara Goetter (Boozle)
Sarah Stern (Game Boss)
Sarah Winifred Searle (Drawing ConclusionsUnder the Apple Tree)
Sera Stanton (Temi)
Sophie Yanow (The War of Streets and HousesIn Situ)
Yao Xiao (Baopu)


It's a diverse set of creators not just in terms of individuals but also in terms of the art styles of the folks involved. It's nice to see a group of women creators in one male-dominated medium come together to make art dedicated to another male-dominated medium. If you have interest in either comics anthologies or gaming, this may be a Kickstarter you want to back.

The Chainmail Bikini Kickstarter runs until April 2 2015.

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