The Science Fiction Book Club’s second comic of the summer is Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal. Woman World provides a look at the lives of a community of women after men have become extinct. The art and use of the comic medium are relatively simple, which provides room for strong comedic timing and reflection on what it might be like to exist in this world.
While many “graphic novels” get their start as stereotypical, weekly or monthly floppy comic books, some begin on the internet in a format known as “webcomics.” While Woman World did get its start on the internet, its start is unusual as it didn’t begin on a website as much as it did on an app: Instagram. Dhaliwal, an animator by trade, started this daily comic after a show she spent three years developing for Nickelodeon didn’t make it past the pilot. Friends suggested she start a project just for herself and she was inspired by humorous signs at the Women’s March and the nonfiction book, Adam’s Curse: A Future Without Men. She posted panels daily on Instagram and it became a hit. She soon signed a deal for a print book. You can read more about the creation in this interview or listen to this interview.
Published in September 2018, the book garnered much attention in a short amount of time. It was nominated for an Ignatz, (a well-known small press comic award) and an Eisner (the Oscars of comics) for Best Humor Publication in 2019. It also received a starred Library Journal review. Dhaliwal’s work is even in talks to become an animated series.
We look forward to chatting with you about Woman World on Tuesday, July 16th at 12pm in Library 314.