Comic Book with a Focus on Strong Women and Body Positivity Launches on Kickstarter
LOS ANGELES, CA – Female characters are consistently underrepresented in mainstream comics. According to Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight, females make up 29.3% of DC characters and only 24.7% of the Marvel roster. The independent comic book series Coronary created by Liv and Ryan Burke, Joel Saavedra, and Damian Peñabla seeks to change that. Coronary introduces strong female characters who shirk the traditional role of women in comics and embrace their bodies. The Kickstarter campaign for Coronary: Episode 4 aims to raise $10,000 and will launch on September 1st, 2019.
Coronary is set in a world where plastic surgery is free and happiness is just a pill away. This mirrors our world where women are getting plastic surgery to look closer to Snapchat filters. This phenomenon has become so common that the Independent has coined it ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’. Coronary seeks to address the effects that the beauty industry has on body image. In a review, Rich Johnston of BleedingCool.com said, “We’ve all been tricked to feel inadequate about our bodies…Coronary will be the thorn in the side of this movement.”
The comic centers on Justin Sharpe, the man responsible for creating an unattainable standard for women. His corporation, BeautX, drives them to buy his miracle pills and pushes them into the arms of his plastic surgeons. However, when Justin meets a young outsider named Luna, they must work together to outrun assassins and the police who are out to make him pay for what he’s done to society. Coronary: Episode 4 will continue to tell this story of Justin while still featuring action, romance, and social commentary. Coronary creators Liv and Ryan Burke are a married couple in Los Angeles. Artists Joel Saavedra, and Damian Peñalba hail from Argentina and are responsible for the pencils, inking, lettering, and coloring. Coronary: Episode 1 was first published in 2016 and was selected as a finalist for the ComiXCentral Comic of the Year 2018. In the past 3 years, it has raised over $15,000 through Kickstarter campaigns.