Sometime in the future of Woman World, men will be nothing more than faintly remembered creatures at the heart of grandmothers’ fairy tales. Myths will be passed on about what they were like and the inheritors of the Earth will wonder… “Why did men have nipples?”
Aminder Dhaliwal’s Woman World originally debuted on her Instagram last March, where thousands of readers got to see the funny and poignant struggles of a community of women in a post-apocalyptic future without men. Now you’ll be able to experience all that offline in meatspace, too. Dhaliwal will be collecting and expanding on that material in a new graphic novel edition coming out in August from publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Here’s the official description:
When a birth defect wipes out the planet’s entire population of men, Woman World rises out of society’s ashes. Dhaliwal’s infectiously funny instagram comic follows the rebuilding process, tracking a group of women who have rallied together under the flag of “Beyonce’s Thighs.” Only Grandma remembers the distant past, a civilization of segway-riding mall cops, Blockbusters movie rental shops, and “That’s What She Said” jokes. For the most part, Woman World’s residents are focused on their struggles with unrequited love and anxiety, not to mention that whole “survival of humanity” thing.
As you can see, Dhaliwal’s output revolves around the classic comic-strip gag format, but uses expert pacing and energetic draftsmanship to create a depth of expression that makes you want to keep reading. It’s thoughtfully feminist, and deeply, deeply funny. If you want what is essentially a very lengthy preview of the book, head to Dhaliwal’s Webtoons page here.