February 15, 2017


Gerard Way Joins 'Femme Magnifique' Comic Compilation Celebrating Trailblazing Women

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

My Chemical Romance frontman, solo artist and established comic book writer Gerard Way has found his next project, the fantastic-sounding anthology Femme Magnifique. More than 100 creative talents will come together to create a bound compilation of new comics “saluting 30 female trailblazers of yesterday and today.”

The Kickstarter endeavor has quickly raised $14,000 of its $40,000 goal, via more than 230 donors. Prospective givers can contribute through March 16. If the campaign passes $65,000, the story count will rise to 50; at $75,000, the paperback plan will be scrapped for a hardcover publication.

It's not yet known who Way will write about; the Kickstarter page is revealing one new biography subject each day. Here’s part of Femme Magnifique’s message:

"From astronauts and abolitionists to computer coders and crack journalists, these fearless women have paved the way for equal rights in science, politics and the arts. What better way to celebrate their achievements than in FEMME MAGNIFIQUE, a book that can live on in teenage bedrooms, corporate boardrooms and libraries around the world?"

Femme Magnifique on Kickstarter
Femme Magnifique on Kickstarter

Femme Magnifique will include comics about Harriet Tubman, Cindy White, Sally Ride and Kat Blaque; the last two are available to preview on Kickstarter. Contributors we’re excited for beside Gerard Way include Bitch Planet writer/co-creator Kelly Sue DeConnick, who will pen a Hillary Clinton story, and Robin Furth, Stephen King’s former assistant and in-house Dark Tower archivist, who has plotted all of the Marvel comic book adaptations.

Collectively, the massive roster of talents has credits on Wonder Woman, Jessica Jones, Elektra, My Little Pony, Archie, Star Wars, Harley Quinn, The Wicked + The Divine and Jem and the Holograms. Gerard Way’s work includes The Umbrella Academy, Doom Patrol and Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye.

Next, watch the MCR singer geek out with Fuse about books and Star Wars: