Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers

At SPX a couple months back, I picked up this glorious anthology per my friend Charles’ recommendation. I was a bit on the fence at first, since I don’t really consider myself to be a gamer; I think I’m too casual to call myself that. This anthology told me that it’s alright to be casual; if you like playing games, you’re a gamer. I think that’s a very important message to spread, especially when there is so much “fake gamer girl” nonsense online now. But this anthology is here to remind you that you’re not alone, and you’re definitely worth the time.


So an anthology is a collection with a common theme. This is a comics anthology on women gamers, so it’s a book full of comics from all sorts of women gamers. It’s unbelievably rad, and I tore threw it the first time I had my own copy. I fell in love with it because of two stories that were shown to me by Charles.

The first, is Connections, a sort comic by Caitlin Rose Boyle about how supportive and helpful the games you play can be. This really resonated with me, because I play Pokemon because I see them as my pets and friends. This comic shows a bit of what it’s like to have depression, and have your games be there for you. I think that’s wonderful, as I tend to use games and books as a way to escape. In this, she uses her games to fight through it. I think it’s a method worth attempting.


The second comic, Dream Suite by Megan Brennan, really took me by surprise, especially after reading Connections. Dream Suite is about Pikachu being tired of fighting, and wanting to calm down, and take a break. In his “dream suite” he ends up in Animal Crossing, helping people, and taking it easy. I thought this was a wonderful way to show how some people progress through life; wanting to slow down, mature enough to stop fighting, and start helping people. It also made me feel like a real jerk for making my Pokemon fight; I try to help them with play time and petting aftercare, once they’re done fighting, but this comic really drove home that maybe they don’t want to fight. Needless to say, I’ve taken a break from Pokemon after reading this.


All of the comics in this anthology are lovely, and as I’m sure you can tell from the two images above, the art styles are very diverse. I think that Hazel Newlevant did a wonderful job editing this together, and I highly recommend it for anyone with a combined interest in games and comics.

The creators who worked on this book are:

Hazel Newlevant
Molly Ostertag
Sara Goetter
Rachel Ordway
Amanda Scurti
Katie Longua
anna anthropy
Jeremy Boydell
Kae Kelly-Colon
June Vigantes
Anna Rose
Kori Michele Handwerker
Sarah Winifred Searle
Maggie Siegel-Berele
Natalie Dupille
MK Reed
Kinoko Evans
Becca Hillburn
Kate Craig
merritt kopas
Mia Schwartz
Diana Nock
Liane Pyper
Sarah Stern
Laura Lannes
Yao Xiao
Sera Stanton
Caitlin Rose Boyle
Megan Brennan
Aatmaja Pandya
Elizabeth Simins
Jane Mai
Sophie Yanow
Annie Mok
Jade F Lee
Miranda Harmon
Carey Pietsch
Hellen Jo
Jasmine Silver


I highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of this, because these women did a fantastic job showing the many types of gaming there are, and the many struggles and triumphs they faced.















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