Carly Lane
March 05, 2015 6:05 am

Are you a fan of gaming? Video games, table-top RPG games, collectible cards? Would you enjoy a good comics anthology written and illustrated by women? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this new Kickstarter project is for you.

The project is all about promoting women in gaming, no matter what their version of gaming looks like. Independent comic creator Hazel Newlevant has teamed up with a group of 40 female cartoonists to share their stories about the games they love to play, and it’s all been compiled into an anthology of comics called Chainmail Bikini, — cleverly titled after the trope of ridiculously useless armor donned by female characters in the gaming and comic worlds.

Each cartoonist tells her own story, about what gaming has meant to her and how it helped her to find her identity, or explore her sexuality — or just plain figure herself out a little bit more. It’s a great, big, beautiful book all about women and gaming, and gaming and women.

“The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves,” Newlevant says via the official Kickstarter page. “Alliances are forged, dice get rolled, and dragons get slain! We believe that gaming should be open to all, regardless of gender. Chainmail Bikini shows that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take as players, makers, and critics of games.”

Like many other projects funded by Kickstarter, this one is dependent on the fans to make it happen. The anthology itself is already compiled — but the goal of the Kickstarter is to raise enough money to actually print the material and pay the artists who donated their time and their talents. If you’re familiar at all with the Kickstarter format, though, you know that every pledge earns you some pretty sweet rewards — and this one is no exception. The project only just launched on March 3rd and they’ve already nearly reached their goal! 

In the midst of what’s been a brutal time for women in the gaming industry, it’s incredibly encouraging to see a group of ladies who are both gamers and amazingly talented writers/artists using their crafts to promote a positive message. The Chainmail Bikini team is demonstrating that women’s voices matter in the gaming industry, and that no-way, no-how are those voices going to be quieted against their will.

Donate or check out the page here.