Chainmail Bikini is a new anthology of comics “by and about female gamers.” Some 40 cartoonists have contributed their own perspectives on everything from video games to card games to role-playing games, and the results are pretty hilarious.

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The book doesn’t come out until next April according to Amazon—but if you’re in Portland on December 3, you can get a sneak peek. Floating World Comics is having a release party and group art exhibit highlighting the book, which is edited by Hazel Newlevant (whose art is featured above). From the cover synopsis:

Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers! Forty cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about—from video games to tabletop role-playing to collectible card games. The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, and how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves. Alliances are forged, dice get rolled, and dragons get slain! 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.

Chainmail Bikini is edited by Hazel Newlevant (If This Be Sin), and features a cover illustration by Hellen Jo and comics by established talents and rising stars including Annie Mok, Jane Mai, Molly Ostertag, MK Reed, and Sophie Yanow.

But if you want to check out some selections from the book even sooner, we’ve got you covered. Check out some comics below by contributors Sara Stanton, Kinoko Evans, Hazel Newlevant, MK Reed and Elizabeth Simins!

And here’s the flier for the show:


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