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Press Release for Geek Girls Night 3: She Makes Comics World Premiere

(Event details here)

November 6th, 2014
For Immediate Release
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Brave New World Comics, the only female owned and operated, Einser Award winning pop culture super-store in the world, located in Los Angeles’ Santa Clarita Valley, is proud to announce the She Makes Comics documentary world premiere screening and release party, Saturday, November 15th
She Makes Comics is the latest project from Respect Films, who have previously worked with Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and Warren Ellis to tell the private stories of the people who make stories for us all to enjoy. The film chronicles the sometimes overlooked role that women have played in the creation of comics, and the multi-billion dollar comic book industry that exists today. Alternative and underground comics, graphic novels, and webcomics have been particularly fruitful areas for female creators, and more women than ever are involved in iconic mainstream comics franchises.While women have made significant strides in the medium over the past several decades, it’s still not easy to be a woman in comics. “We’ve learned so much about the various roles women have played in comics over the past century.” says filmmaker Marisa Stotter, “We’re excited to finally share many of the incredible stories we’ve heard along the way.” Female readers fight to be recognized as legitimate fans in an insular and sometimes sexist community. In mainstream comics, there remains an unequal balance of women in creative and business roles, and some publishers have been criticized for misogynistic portrayals of women in their titles. The pessimistic question is often asked: is there a place for women in comics? She Makes Comics answers that question, in some occasionally surprising ways.

“This documentary emphasizes the valuable contributions women have made since the Golden Age of comics.” Stotter continued, “They may not be as recognizable as Will Eisner or Stan Lee, but we hope to make some of comics’ most prolific women into household names by showcasing their talents and contributions.”
Comic book writers, artists, creators, editors, and journalists were all interviewed for this project, as well as recognizable internet personalities such as Team Unicorn, who identify as ‘professional geeks’, as well as Jenna Busch, founder of Legion of Leia, host, writer and comic book author. “As a comic book writer and lifelong reader, I’m so honored to be a part of She Makes Comics. There are so many women in the comics industry, from artists to writers to fans that have been overlooked for far too long. It’s time they get their due.”, says Busch.

She, along with many of the industry professionals interviewed for She Makes Comics will be in attendance at the red carpet premiere, hosted by Brave New World Comics. “When we heard about the success the She Makes Comics team were having getting funding on Kickstarter, we were impressed and excited about seeing the finished product! When we were asked to represent female comics retailers in the film, we were thrilled!” says, Portlyn, owner of Brave New World Comics, also featured in the film along with her business partner, Autumn Glading. “It’s such a natural fit for us to add this premiere to our Geek Girls Night event schedule. We’re so excited about the film, we’re inviting everyone to attend…even boys!” In addition to the film, attendees are encouraged to visit the Creators Lounge, where they can meet and speak to many of the film’s participants, as well as other female comics creators. 

SheMakesComicsVIMEO from Respect Films on Vimeo.

Respect Films and their founders, Patrick Meaney and Jordan Rennert, can be found here on their website.

The Facebook event page link is available here, and the Brave New World website can be found here

Brave New World is located in Los Angeles’ Santa Clarita Valley, at 22722 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA. Portlyn can be reached at Portlyn@BraveNewWorldComics.com, or 661.259.4745
Twitter: @LoveBNW


Rave Reviews for Brave New World Comics:

“I can’t wait for my daughter to grow up and read and be able to take her to your amazing store…. As a father it’s sooo nice to see positive females in and around that I can’t point to and say see baby you can do anything you want and have fun doing it … I have never walked in to a more welcoming comic book store ever .. Thank you and keep up the amazing job!!!!” – Joe Hernandez

“Brave New World is a class act… you are awesome!” – Jonathan Baker

“Thank you Portlyn for allowing me to come into your shop to show my book to your customers. I was very happy with the response. Ben and Sam were great. I would love to come back again for my next book. Thank you again and I will see you again in the near future.” -Paul Jamison, Paragon creator

“My 8 year old son has been harassing me to come to a comic book shop for weeks ever since he discovered comic book men on AMC. According to yelp, this is the best one is the SCV. They were right, this really is a great shop. They have a great selection including tons of $1 comics as well as everything else you’d expect in a good comic shop. The staff is super nice and friendly greeting my kids and I as we walked in. They also took the time to try to find some female centered comics for my 5 year old daughter. Really, a great experience. We will be back.’ – Doug M.

‘This is my favorite comic book store in SCV. The place is well organized and the prices are fair. I’ll usually come by here at least twice a month to get my comic fix. My GF tried out their classes and she said she loved it. The employees are friendly and its just a great atmosphere all around.’ ‘Support local businesses and stop going to Barnes for comics. GO TO BRAVE NEW WORLD!’ – Ivan P.

“A weekend pinball machine hunt brought me all the way out to Newhall and this comic shop, Brave New World. Right off the bat you could tell this place was very well put together. Large, spacious, and very clean. All of the displays we well organized and the people working were all really friendly. They had a small room with their two pinball machines: Jurassic Park and Addams Family (collectors edition). Both were spectacularly maintained, and played perfectly. The people there really seemed to enjoy having people enjoy their machines. We ended up spending a lot of time there and happily found a bunch of things to buy as well. It was a fantastic little destination for our pinball road trip and I will be telling all of my pinball and comic collecting friends to be sure to visit Brave New World. ‘ – Bill

“Great comic book store – staff is always very friendly and their shelves are full of current and nostalgic collections. What’s really cool is their Saturday drawing classes, taught by published comic book artists. My daughter is big into drawing and she learns a lot from this class. My 5 year-old boy picks out a comic book while his sister is in class, and we have Saturday morning cartoons in a whole new way. Full of great material, BNW gets the big thumbs up also because their staff are so usefully good natured and helpful.” – Jack L.

“While I was once described by an enamored boy with a crush as looking like a busty comic book gal, I can’t say I’ve ever really been into comic books. However, I do appreciate the geeks who adore them and so, comic geeks of the world, this one’s for you! This is an awesome little store that has many a cool find in it, including hard to find comics, really cool t-shirts (Geek Magnet and the cutest little baby shirt: Geek in Training) and great sales. They also offer drawing lessons apparently and even have a free comic book day, which is the talk of the town for those in the know. The guy working here seemed like really cool beans and everyone seemed very friendly. Definite local gem to put on your radar if you are a fan of the books and plastic slips that protect them. Geek on!” – Stephy S.

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