First Look at VOICES THAT COUNT A COMICS ANTHOLOGY BY WOMEN from IDW Publishing

by Charles LePage

IDW Publishing has released a first look at the VOICES THAT COUNT A COMICS ANTHOLOGY BY WOMEN collection.

Voices_That_Count_7-Pages-1 First Look at VOICES THAT COUNT A COMICS ANTHOLOGY BY WOMEN from IDW Publishing

The press release follows:

Media ReleaseVoices That Count is a critically acclaimed Spanish anthology, brought to life by a host of Spain’s best and brightest women, that dissects what it means to be a woman in today’s hyper-masculine world. And, for the very first time, it will be released in English by IDW Publishing on July 12th.

This stunning anthology (a collection of nine short stories) highlights and uplifts women’s voices, collecting their stories of life, love, and empowerment. Interacting with everything from the realities of gender imbalance in the workplace — through a gender-flipped lens — to toxic beauty standards taking a toll on the body image of young girls, Voices That Count gives women a space to recount their struggles and triumphs.

VOICES THAT COUNT SYNOPSIS:

VOICES THAT COUNT is a collection of short comics that celebrates women. Printed in English for the first time, this Spanish collection highlights and uplifts women’s voices, collecting their stories of life, love, and empowerment. Interacting with everything from the realities of gender imbalance in the workplace—through a gender-flipped lens—to toxic beauty standards taking a toll on the body image of young girls, VOICES THAT COUNT gives women a space to recount their struggles and triumphs.

In the words of artist Ada Diez, “This comic shows the importance of an unconditionally supportive family environment, the necessity of the right educational groundwork as a feminist principle, and the key to fight for your dreams—understanding the importance of an individual’s independence, forgetting what’s been established by gender rules.”

This inspiring and thought-provoking volume collects nine stories from some of Spain’s best and brightest female authors and illustrators.

About Raquel Riba Rossy:

Raquel Riba Rossy (Igualada, 1990) had a clear goal since childhood: she wanted to convey messages through her characters and stories. The daughter of architect Jaume Riba and multidisciplinary artist Clara Rossy, she was nurtured by the creative environment of a family of painters, draftsmen, architects, and musicians. She studied Fine Arts at the Universitat de Barcelona and illustration at the Escola de la Dona in Barcelona. In 2017, she entered bookstores with via Lola Vendetta, the main character of her Más vale Lola que mal acompañada books, ¿Qué pacha, mama? (2018) and Lola Vendetta y los hombres (2019). She also collaborated with the anthology Voices that Count (2021). Through art she has learned to know herself and network with many women around the world. In 2021, she released her first album, El Primer Canto, launching her music career with ten songs of her own. She also designed the album herself, thus achieving the alignment of her two favorite languages: music and illustration.

About Estefanía Molina Morales:

Estefanía Molina Morales (Igualada, 1991) got a degree in Journalism and a degree in Political Science and Administration at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). She is a political analyst for print and mass media (La Sexta, Onda Cero, El Confidencial, Catalunya Ràdio, La SER Catalunya). She left at a very young age to work in Madrid, where she has developed her professional career since 2015 as a parliamentary chronicler following congress, the senate, government, and parties since the crisis—economic, political, territorial—rooted itself in her country. She began her career as a consultant in political-electoral communication and public affairs. Curious about international politics, she was awarded the Global Cities Barcelona-Los Angeles summer scholarship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She graduated cum laude at her two majors at UPF. She participated in the Beers and Politics Madrid Club for lovers of political communication. She has also collaborated with the Voices that Count (2021) anthology.

About Patricia Campos:

Hello! My name is Patricia Campos. Since I was a little girl, soccer has been my life, and my dream was to be able to dedicate myself to it professionally. Over time, flying became another of my passions, and that is why becoming an aviation pilot was on my list of goals to achieve. I studied Audiovisual Communications at the Universidad de Valencia. When I finished my degree, I prepared for the demanding exams to enter the Armed Forces. During my career in the army, I became the first female jet pilot. Eight years after joining the military, I decided to fulfill my other dream–to play soccer–so I traveled to the United States to become a soccer coach. The truth is that it was not easy, but the motivation to overcome those obstacles and the desire to live life my way allowed me to make every dream I have set for myself come true. While I was in the United States, I decided to go to Uganda with a soccer ball and sneakers to help children and women with AIDS and to try to improve their living conditions and their future through soccer. Embarking on this adventure changed my life.

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