Superdames!
Do the contest submissions HAVE to include either an invention or a mystery plot?
superdames superdames Said:

Nope.

The only restriction is that Jill Trent has to self-identify as a woman.

The tone, style, and subject matter of your submission is entirely up to you.

Superdames.org/contest

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"Gale Allen" in Planet Comics #9 (1940) by Fred Wilson & Witmer Williams

"Gale Allen" in Planet Comics #9 (1940) by Fred Wilson & Witmer Williams

superdames:

Check it out:

  • Jill and Daisy can be lesbians.
  • Jill and Daisy can be straight. Or bi. Or asexual or literally anything else.
  • Jill and Daisy can be POC.
  • Or Jill and Daisy can be white.
  • Jill and Daisy don’t even have to be American.
  • But Jill and Daisy can be American.
  • Jill and Daisy can be in modern times.
  • Jill and Daisy can be in the 1940s.
  • Jill and Daisy can be in any era.
  • Jill and Daisy solve mysteries.
  • Jill and Daisy fight crime.
  • Jill and Daisy are scientists!
  • Daisy technically can be any gender.
  • Jill has to self-identify as a woman, but she doesn’t have to be cis. This is the closest thing to a restriction we have on the character.

It’s up to you! Writers & artists, please do your thing.

We’ll select five artists and four writers to make a comic book starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, and her faithful life partner, Daisy Smythe!

Five stories! Five creative teams! One main character! One comic book!

Let’s do it!

Superdames.org/contest

Deadline is August 1, 2014!

Countdown: 9 days to submission deadline!

Batman? Never heard of her.

superdames:

Sarcasm is one of Batwoman’s superpowers.

—Batman #159 (1963) by Bill Finger & Sheldon Moldoff, inked by Charles Paris

75 years? Oh *Batman* you’re so distin-nn-guish-hh-ed! ♫ ♬ ♪

superdames:

KWAAAM

superdames:

Do NOT kiss Batman, you guys.

—Detective Comics #456 (1976) by Elliot S. Maggin & Ernie Chan (as Ernie Chua)

Happy Batman Day!

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feastingonroadkill:

The perils of the Texas romance.

Bang bang, my baby shot me down.

(via alternateworldcomics)

superdames:

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Do you want to create comics but have no idea where to start? Are you an aspiring comics writer or artist who’s looking for a chance to collaborate with others on a fun and uplifting project? Do you want to celebrate awesome female characters?

WELL THEN LET’S DO IT TOGETHER YOU GUYS.

Announcing the first-ever Superdames Comics Contest — starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth! We will select four writers and five artists to produce five stories, five pages each, to be published in an anthology-style comic focusing on this public-domain character!

Writers are invited to submit a full script for a five-page comic. Artists are invited to submit at least two pages of sequential art. The winning creators will work together to make a comic book starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth!

Everything you need to know is here:

  • Superdames.org/contest — download the full rules & guidelines (including reference links for Jill Trent), submission agreement, sample script, and info forum for questions and all that jazz!!
  • Submissions will be accepted through August 1, 2014!

About Jill Trent: Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, is an inventor and freelance detective who solves crimes and beats up gangsters with the help of her scientific knowledge and her faithful life partner, Daisy Smythe! She first appeared in The Fighting Yank #6 (1943), published by Standard Comics/Nedor; after that, she appeared in The Fighting Yank #9 (1944) and Wonder Comics #8-20 (1946-48).

THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING YOU GUYS.

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COUNTDOWN: 10 days to submission deadline!

Uh … no? This isn’t from a 2014 comic book, it’s from a 1948 comic book. I’m not “offering motivation” here, I’m offering source material and commenting on it in a more-or-less tongue-in-cheek fashion.

I’ve said several times in several places that the tone, style, and subject matter of the Jill Trent Comics Contest submissions are entirely up to the writers and artists who submit. A diversity of voices is expected.

Nothing is encouraged, everything (within the guidelines) is allowed.

If you really want to know more about Jill Trent, Science Sleuth and our very exciting project, check out my many, many background posts on the subject! (Spoiler alert: She’s a hero.)

Cheers!

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Also after Jill and Daisy straight-up murdered some bank robbers, the cops are all like “nothing here for us to do,” as if a couple of civilians didn’t just murder a bunch of men with next-level technology.

It was a simpler time.

—”Jill Trent, Science Sleuth” in Wonder Comics #20 (1948)

That time some bank robbers stole Jill Trent, Science Sleuth’s radioactive bulletproof suit, and she straight-up murdered them WITH SCIENCE.

(We’re making a new Jill Trent, Science Sleuth comic book! The Call for Submissions is here!)

—”Jill Trent, Science Sleuth” in Wonder Comics #20 (1948)

This is such a gorgeous title panel for so many reasons, but my favorite detail is Jill’s university degree on the wall, so beautifully framed just above her head.

I’ve assumed Jill has a PhD, but I can’t recall it ever being specified in the comics. A “diploma” is typically for completion of high school in the U.S., but it can mean any academic degree.

I don’t know if the names of university degrees were different in the 1940s or if the artist just didn’t want to specify, but it would be highly unusual for a woman in the 1940s to have a PhD. However, in another story the neurosurgeon Dr. Denning (obviously an MD) also has his “university diploma” framed on the wall:

And in an earlier story, Jill also has a framed diploma above her desk in her office(!), which I like to think means she has multiple degrees, some of which she displays in her lab, some of which she displays in her office.

Like you do when you are a completely fabulous, independently wealthy super-scientist, inventor, and freelance detective.

Images from Wonder Comics #9, #10, and #16 (1946-48) by Al Camy

How many PhDs you know can elbow a mook while shooting another mook? Dr. Jill Trent can do it.

Less than two weeks left to enter the Superdames Comics Contest starring Jill Trent, Science Sleuth!

—”Jill Trent, Science Sleuth” in Wonder Comics #12 (1947) by Al Camy

Work smarter, not harder.
—”The Witch From Wichita” in Crimes By Women #10 (1949) writer & artist uncredited

Work smarter, not harder.

—”The Witch From Wichita” in Crimes By Women #10 (1949) writer & artist uncredited