Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers

Chainmail Bikini The Anthology of Women Gamers Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they re passionate about from video games to table top role playing to coll

  • Title: Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers
  • Author: Hazel Newlevant Sarah Winifred Searle
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 249
  • Format: ebook
  • Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers 40 cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they re passionate about from video games to table top role playing to collectible card games 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 ourseChainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers 40 cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they re passionate about from video games to table top role playing to collectible card games 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.

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    1. I loved this! Tons of queer and trans contributors, lots of different takes on gaming, a wide variety of art styles. Highly recommend.

    2. I supported the Kickstarter for this, and I was happy to have the final result arrive this week. It took me a little over an hour to read, and I found it thoughtful, engaging, and laugh-out-loud amusing at times. The focus is on women gamers, and there are also several strips that delve into gender identity; the universal theme is a sense of belonging through gaming, whether it's Pokemon, AD&D, or LARPing. Since it has over 40 contributors, there's a lot of variety and diversity; that meant [...]

    3. 2 1/2 starsOverall, I was not impressed with this. It was a jumble of very short stories (3-6 pages) focusing on girls and gaming. The stories aren't fulfilling. It was more a blog compilations of girls entries for there daily life, comic style. Very little substanceYet I did like some of the references. This book touches on all times of games- Console, PC, arcade, board, card, LARPing, Tabletop RPG, etc. I got mentions of SNES Mario, Street Fighter, The Sims, Diablo 2 (with a reference to the c [...]

    4. Content: Lots of good, some not as good. On the plus side, everything's short, so the less good stuff is over quickly; on the minus side, everything's short, so the good stuff is over too quickly.This is mostly interesting on merit, because it's women making comics about games, and that's (to my knowledge) not a project that has previously existed. There are voices in here that aren't heard in other places, and I think that's awesome.

    5. I really loved this collection of women's experiences with games and in different gaming communities. Not gonna lie, I even cried at some of the stories because they were so similar (and true) to my own experiences and thoughts. I also especially enjoyed the inclusion of trans women and non-binary femme storytellers in this gendered anthology, they need to be included more! :)

    6. I'm definitely not the target audience for this book, but it sounded interesting so I read it anyway. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting. For the most part, it's just women sharing memories of how gaming made them feel accepted or themselves. I thought it would be a bit more narrative driven. I'm giving it this high of a rating not because I really enjoyed the stories (again, I'm not really the target audience), but because I thought it was really cool to see how something as simple as a vid [...]

    7. A collection of women-penned short stories about gaming, whether it be video games, tabletop gaming or even LARPing. Several stories also deal with gender identity. As with any anthology some stories are great, while other are found lacking.

    8. What a great collection of comics about girls who game. So many stories that I could relate with, having been the sole girl at the gaming table for a long time myself. One of my favorites was about ‘GLaDOS’ from the Portal series of games. That comic alone was worth the library check out, I’d highly recommend it. I also loved the parental approval in the comic about the Sims computer game, it’s just like playing house, suitable for girls! I did the same thing with my Sims, I’ll never f [...]

    9. There's a bigger focus on tabletop gaming and LARPing than I expected, but that's a neat side of gaming to explore as well. Easily my favorite of the bunch was "She's the Backbone of this Facility" by Laura Lannes - I'd never examined the Portal games as closely as she does, and it's utterly fascinating and cool reading her analysis. The rest are hit and miss, though I'd say more hit than miss. Provides a much-needed perspective on a pastime that I love. not a huge fan of the cover though. :|

    10. The whole gaming culture passed me by, but I can respect this anthology created by young women on what video, computer, and role-playing games mean to them. Many of these girls were outsiders amongst their peers as teenagers--something I can surely relate to--and found solace and community in the world of games.

    11. First adult graphic novel for me. This anthology helped me understand how younger women/girls are drawn into gaming and its positive impact.

    12. This is amazing. Girl geeks talk about their experience with videogames and other nerdery and their influences on their childhoods. I was moved to tears by this multiple times.

    13. "Play is witchcraft. What else is magic other than the rituals we use to remind ourselves of our identities? The power to reclaim our lives?" - anna anthropyGosh, this was really good. A lot of reviews complain of the focus on tabletop RPGs & LARPing (by my count, 16 of the 36 entries are about tabletop, LARPing or card games while the rest are about video games), but that really appealed to me! I have been looking for good writing about tabletop games and found a real dearth -- I would have [...]

    14. A really fast really fun read, it was actually a pretty painful reminder of some of the internalized misogyny that still lingers deep within my heart. Because F it, I'm as geeky and gamery as the next person >.< even if I don't see my games as REAL games.As far as the art goes, 99% of it was on point although if you aren't already comfortable with some rougher web comic and memoir comic styles you may find some of it a bit hard on the eyes. It also helps that childhood is a bit of a recurr [...]

    15. This is a fabulous and delightful collection of outsider gamer stories, edited by Hazel Newlevant (who now works as an editor at Lion Forge Comics). The authors explore profound or irreverent connections with games from Dominion, Dungeons and Dragons, LARPing and play by posting to Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, Diablo II, Portal, World of Warcraft, Guitar Hero and the Sims. Some go to games for solitude, some for companionship; some relish in their status as female gamers, some explore a female identit [...]

    16. It's so hard to judge these anthologies, with collections of different stories and artists. I usually like some of the stories, and others I think are just OK. But, as a whole I really liked what this collection was aiming for. It established an overall narrative that girl gamers are out there, and have just as valid a love for gaming as their male counterparts. It also showed that all gamers need an inclusive gaming environment for everyone, man, woman and in-between, because gaming can be a ve [...]

    17. A mix of short comics from female gamers. About half of them felt gender neutral, where sex had no impact on the telling of the story. Some of them dealt deeply with the female-gamer role and stigma. It's a bit of hit and miss with the stories, probably more so if you're less familiar with some of the gaming areas, whether it be casual video games, larp, board gaming, etc.

    18. Some of these comics were wonderful. I especially loved the ones about trans women, identity, and fighting the patriarchy through LARPing. The one about GLaDOS was particularly chilling, very commensurate in tone with the Portal game.

    19. recommended this so many times that I finally read it. And I loved it - I'm not a gamer, so didn't think it was going to be my thing - but it gave me a broader picture of what it means to be a woman gamer, and the effects gaming can have on your life. Totally recommended.

    20. Anthology covering wide variety of content from many authors. I appreciated female-oriented thematic agenda, e.g. misogyny in LARP community, trans-gender issues and so on. However, there were many strips I would cut out of final selection.

    21. A well done anthology that might waver in art quality, but never in heart. Each story is a unique take on the subject matter, considering how underrepresented women are in the industry and the scene in general, and it's a worthwhile, if short, read.

    22. Special thanks to Alexis Montclaire and Word of the Nerd for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!Hello readers! Today I am posting a review about a graphic novel that I was lucky enough to read called Chainmail Bikini. This is definitely not my typical type of book that I read, but I really want to try and branch out more and explore some different genres that are out there. Not only is this a graphic novel, which is something I don't read a lot of and definitely don't r [...]

    23. A bit disappointed overall because of how much this topic means to me. All the comics are super short which inconsistently works in the favor of the piece. There is some variety in interpretation of what "gamer" means but the anthology is geared towards tabletop games and "casual" games like Pokemon or Animal Crossing. My favorite comic in the anthology was "Here Comes a New Challenger" by Kinoko Evans about her experiences growing up playing arcade fighting games and is coincidentally the only [...]

    24. This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.I received a copy of this book from Alternative Comics on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This collection of short comics reflects on women's experiences with gaming, be it tabletop, LARPing, video games, cards, etc. The comics are mostly around 4 pages, with a few exceptions running long or short in either direction. There's a good mixture of topics and directions that the stories go in represe [...]

    25. Really enjoyed reading this book. It tells the story from the perspectives of numerous gamer women and how playing game influenced them in life. A very good read.Full review on The Geekiarythegeekiary/chainmail-biki

    26. Growing up with a big brother, I was introduced to games of all types at a young age. It was great to read about other women with similar backstories, creating games with their siblings on the fly, moving from one game to another, feeling like a misfit in the "real" world and only feeling like themselves in the make-believe.My brother used to give me hand-drawn dungeons on foolscap paper, the yet-to-be-explored parts covered by another paper. As I progressed through by pointing to where I wanted [...]

    27. This is a stellar, relatable anthology for any gamer who identifies as female! I really loved a lot of the comics in this collection. There's a lot of commentary on where women, POC, and LGBTQ+ people fit into the gaming community, or how they find their own ways to fit. Many of my favorite video games, including The Sims. Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect were referenced at least once.There were one or two comics that were a little abstract, and I'm not sure I understan [...]

    28. -- AN ARC REVIEW --I am and have been a girl gamer at heart. It's not something I talk about too much, but a big part of who I am is gaming and the fact that those games made me fall in love with stories. Having a chance to read this collection of comics meant a lot. I got to relive a lot of my own experiences and the friends I made in the process. Each comic had it's own unique style and story from other female gamers that warmed the heart or left you sad. No one was left out, this collection e [...]

    29. Ugh this book was so good! I know nothing I say will do it justice. Every story is 2-6 pages, I think most were around 4. You'd think that it would be like reading poetry just blast right on through and not retain much information, but no this took me a long time because it was so good I didn't want it to end. So many of the stories were so touching that I had to put the book down to let my heart heal. There was only not one story in here that I didn't like. Rating any of them would do me no goo [...]

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