Factsheet

Publisher:
TO Comix Press
Based in Toronto, Ontario

Format:
6.75" x 10.25" Perfectbound Softcover

Pages:
220

Contents:
25 stories from 38 female-identifying and gender-nonconforming creators.

Publication date:
Feb 1, 2018

Website:
WaywardSistersAnthology.com

Press / Business contact:
[email protected]

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Description

From mermaids hunted for their meat to a ghastly beauty pageant, Wayward Sisters celebrates lady and non-binary monsters who are indelicate, impolite, and irrepressible. Inside you’ll find tales of undead motivational speakers, vengeance demons compelled to hunt family, and a gentle T. Rex who just wants to be loved. This collection of full-colour comics stars thirty-eight intersectional creators who identify as women or gender-nonconforming.

Press Releases

October 11, 2017 - Kickstarter launches!
"After three wildly successful crowdfunding campaigns, TO Comix Press is launching a new Kickstarter for Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women. This 220-page book features 25 new stories about monsters from creators who all self-identify as women or gender-nonconforming. " ( cont'd )

History

I’ve loved monsters for as long as I can remember. Monsters can mean and represent so many different things about the human condition; they allow us to explore the parts of our identities that scare us, or that scare society. They can be scary or silly or sad, and that flexibility, as well as their metaphorical potential, has always interested me.

A few years ago, I met M. Blankier, who has a PhD in English Literature with an emphasis on the Gothic, and has worked at Marvel, Kids Can Press, Knopf/Random House Canada, and Tundra Books. We were both bored by monster stories where women are only victims, romantic interests, or sexy monster hunters. The rare lady monsters we did get too often reflected stereotypical images of women: seductresses or crones (non-binary monsters were, and are, next to non-existent). I’d edited 2 volumes of the Toronto Comics Anthology, as well as titles for Chapterhouse Publishing including The Pitiful Human-Lizard and Life, Death & Sorcery. It was time for us to bring a project to life where we could share the monster stories we’d always wanted to read.

When we posted the call for pitches, the response was immediately and overwhelmingly positive. Many other comics fans hungered for more diverse stories, with monsters that reflected a wider range of experiences. Then the pitches started flooding in, and we were astounded by the creativity and talent we had to wade through.

We couldn’t be prouder of the book our creators are putting together. We have horrifying monsters, but also monsters who are kind, and funny, and shy, and melancholy. Monsters who want to be accepted for who they are, to escape societal restrictions, to find a friend or start a family. We hope that you are as excited about this book as we are, and that we’ll be able to bring you more monsters in the future!

- Allison O'Toole

Images

There are far more images available for Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women, but these are the ones we felt would be most useful to you. If you have specific requests, please do contact us!


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Awards & Recognition

  • Publisher TO Comix Press has been nominated for the Gene Day Award for excellence in Self-Publishing in 2014, 2015, and 2016 - Joe Shuster Awards

Reviews and Endorsements

  • "Welcome to the sisterhood you didn’t expect to need in your life. At times quirky, surprising, moving and true, the tales in Wayward Sisters show us monsters that are all at once familiar and constant: monsters that we face every day, or see in the mirror, and the importance of embracing the monster in all of us…shadows, scales, and everything in between."
    - S.M. Beiko ( co-editor of Gothic Tales of Haunted Love, author of The Realms of Ancient trilogy ), Homepage
  • "Everyone is the protagonist of their own story, and monsters are no exception. With its funny, scary, and heart-warming stories, Wayward Sisters will introduce you to perspectives of gender and self-expression in ways you won't expect!"
    - Tory Woollcott ( creator of Science Comics: Brains!, Mirror Mind, and Toronto to Tuscany ), Homepage
  • "These are the sisters you need beside you - bold, unique, and unapologetic. The talent in Wayward Sisters is outstanding, there is a story in here for everyone, and the anthology will give you a new appreciation for the genre."
    - Megan Lavey-Heaton ( Namesake ), Homepage

Table of Contents

  • Miss Monster
    Comedy
    Fashion
    She's beauty and she's grace... and she may rip off your face! Three monstrous queens go head-to-head-to-head in a beauty pageant they may not all survive...
  • Best Boo
    Ghosts
    Friendship
    Script and art:Megan Kearney
    A group of kids set off to a cemetery to raise the dead. Don't forget to pack your candles, lighters, and gifts!
  • Zira and the Little Fire
    Fantasy
    Misunderstood Orcs
    Script and art:Katie Shanahan
    Itinerant half-orc Zira has long kept her head down and her nose out of trouble, but a bright little fire come to life may show her how much better life can be.
  • Lost & Found
    Comedy
    Body Horror
    Script and art:Saffron Aurora
    Frankie works her butt off—almost literally—to save up for some brand new body parts. But her lack of appreciation leads some of her older body parts to search for greener pastures elsewhere...
  • Skin Deep
    Undead
    Family
    Script and art:Elodie Chen
    A fatal car crash has led to a new life—of sorts—for Izzy as a public figure, lecturing other Undead about the virtues of blending in with the living. Will her family ever accept her for who she's truly become?
  • Tinseltown
    Hollywood
    Noir
    Werewolves
    Old Hollywood is soaked in sex, smoke, and self-loathing. Sam Steele may have a reputation as something of a ladykiller, but his newest pursuit is a little bloodthirstier than most...
  • Date Night
    Romance
    Comedy
    Dinosaurs
    It's not easy to lead an active love life when murderous robots keep destroying your city. How many bad dates does Kelly the T. rex have to endure before someone appreciates the earnest heart that beats within her?
  • Ugly Cinderwench and the Very Angry Ghost
    Fantasy
    Japan
    Revenge
    Script and art:Xaviere Daumarie
    A bunch of ancient Japanese lords get more than they bargained for when they summon the spirit of Ugly Cinderwench to save their sorry hides. She's mad as Jigoku and she's not gonna take it anymore!
  • Doilies and Demons
    Family
    Demons
    Kids these days: they never call, they never write, they never stop by to see the hellish demon you've accidentally summoned to tea time...
  • The Insect
    Body Horror
    Surreal
    Script and art:ZAVKA
    A lonely, monstrous insect finds companionship, but quickly wonders if she'd be better off alone.
  • The Way Home
    Fairy Tale
    Fantasy
    After a long day, a woman made of light makes her way home, where she assumes her role as her community's protector.
  • Inheritance
    Gothic horror
    Psychics
    Script and art:gillian blekkenhorst
    As if moving wasn't stressful enough, Gene is plagued by spectral visions in her new home. But what effect will these ghosts have on her relationship with her partner, Mira?
  • The Alligator at the End of the World
    Folktale
    Demons
    Brazil
    Script:H. Pueyo
    What would you sacrifice for a better life? Downtrodden and fed up, a woman summons a demon and makes a deal.
  • Either/Or, Neither/Nor
    Horror
    Philippines
    Script:Lea Shepherd
    Conflicting natures are pulling a celebrity apart, but monster mischief and the love of her adopted kids will help keep her together.
  • Love and Fury
    Family
    Revenge
    Demons
    Elderly sisters Teng Si Fu, Mei Ji, and Lie Du are vengeance demons who exact revenge on wrongdoers. But a betrayal begs the question: where can we draw the line between duty and family?
  • Bad Hair Day
    Anxiety
    Mental Health
    Soo Ying leads a lonely existence until a coworker asks her on a date. She accepts, but her monstrous self has other ideas...
  • The Wife's Shadow
    Drama
    China
    Family
    Script and art:Janice Liu
    Xiao Yan looks like the perfect wife, but she has been having trouble sleeping. She's disturbed by the unending noise of bats screeching outside; worse yet, this seems to be something only she can hear.
  • Leon's Return
    Drama
    Illuminated Manuscript
    Beasts
    Script and art:Zoe Maeve
    Leon has stayed away from the land they were born in too long and decide to visit. They're shocked to return to a place that has moved on without them.
  • White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant
    Dark Comedy
    Body Horror
    Rob responds to an ad by a couple looking for help "naturally" conceiving a child. Unfortunately, the mother-to-be isn't WASP-y in the way Rob expected.
  • Cold Call
    Drama
    Sexuality
    Script and art:Xia Gordon
    A succubus, working as a phone sex operator, is exhausted by callers who can only see her as one part of her identity.
  • Low Tide
    Lovecraft
    Victorian
    Gothic Horror
    A young governess learns that her ward's mysterious malady may be more than a simple illness.
  • Solid Shadows
    Kids
    Friendship
    Carefree children surround a girl made of shadow, and she longs to be noticed and included in their games.
  • The Purrrfect Solution
    Witches
    Comedy
    Script and art:Mandy James
    An inexperienced witch wants friends, but scares away the townsfolk with her magic. She realizes there's an easier way to get all the friends she could want!
  • Moonless Sea
    Mermaids
    Cannibalism
    Horror
    Script and art:Casandra Grullon
    In the face of hard times, a small seaside town begins selling mermaid meat in the market. One fisherman steals a mermaid away to be his wife, and she waits for her chance to escape...
  • Light Pollution
    Beasts
    Wordless
    Script and art:iguanamouth
    In a midnight cityscape, two rats find and protect a lightbulb. Where could they be taking it?

Creators available for interview

Editors
Allison O'Toole ( Lead Editor ) - Request interview
Editor of The Pitiful Human-Lizard, Life, Death and Sorcery, and Captain Canuck, as well as Toronto Comics: Volume 3 and Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart.
M. Blankier ( Editor ) - Request interview
Contributor to Toronto Comics: Volume 3, Strange Romance, and books published by Marvel Comics including Iron Man: Golden Avenger and Iron Man and Power Pack.
Creators
Janice Liu ( Cartoonist ) - Request interview
Janice Liu is a kids’ illustrator and comic creator. One of her recent projects is Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤, a bilingual online comic about a Chinese-Canadian family. Janice’s work is most often about exploring diasporic identity and the inner world through fantasy; she hopes her stories will speak to readers in their journey towards personal growth. When she's not working or drawing, Janice teaches art classes for teens at her studio in Vancouver, BC.
Xia Gordon ( Cartoonist ) - Request interview
Xia Gordon is an Orlando-raised, Brooklyn-based illustrator and cartoonist. Her work explores identity, mental health and other intangibles. She created and self-published "A Cure for Madness,"- a story about depression and "Sorry!" – a story about guilt. Xia also created "Kindling,"- a story about identity - published by 2dcloud. She is currently working on “Murphy’s Law” – a cathartic summary of her worst fears. Xia enjoys horror films, ARGs and a good night’s sleep.
Fleur Sciortino ( Cartoonist ) - Request interview
Fleur Sciortino is an illustrator and designer who has worked as a storyboard artist and designer for film and animation, worked in video game development, comics and publishing. She's participated in many anthologies, most recently 1001 Knights and Bae Watch and has work published with Penguin Random House, Dutton Children's Books and Global Change (United Nations).
Elodie Chen ( Cartoonist ) - Request interview
Elodie Chen is a writer, illustrator, and graphic designer currently based in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated in 2016 from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in sequential art and creative writing.
If you would like to interview another creator not listed here, please do contact us!

Toronto Comics: Yonge at Heart Kickstarter
Previous Kickstarters from TO Comix Press
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/742428467/toronto-comics-yonge-at-heart



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