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Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women's Comics
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AuthorEdited by Rae Joyce,
Sarah Laing,
Indira Neville
PublisherBeatnik Publishing
Media typePrint
Pages264 pages
ISBN 978-0-9941205-0-2

Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women's Comics is a 2016 collection that was edited by Rae Joyce, Sarah Laing, and Indira Neville. [1] The book was first published on 14 March 2016 and collects together 64 female comic artists from New Zealand. [2] [3] Joyce stated that she wanted to create the collection after reading an anthology that was marketed as a history of New Zealand comics, only to feel that "it was representing the white male POV status quo rather than the reality of comics in NZ". [2] She further commented that she hoped that Three Words would raise awareness for female comics from New Zealand, as she felt that they were under-represented. [4] [5]


The book received a review from Radio New Zealand. [6]


Three Words has comics by 64 female comic artists from New Zealand. Its title references the process of the creation of the content: all contributors chose three words for another contributor to use as a starting point for their comic. Submissions were also open to transgender people who identify as women, or who once identified as women. [7]

The book includes contributions from Beth Ducklingmonster, Jessica Hansell, Rosemary McLeod, and Susan Te Kahurangi King, and features essays by Robyn Kenealy, Rae Joyce, Ruth Boyask, Jem Yoshioka and Miriam Sapphira. The editors welcomed submissions from women with all levels of experience in comics creation, and the finished work included established artists as well as newcomers to the field. [8]




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  1. "Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women's Comics". RNZ National . Radio New Zealand. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. 1 2 Falconer, Ellen (4 March 2016). "In her own (three) words". The Wireless . Radio New Zealand . Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. "Arts Ambassador - Comics". RNZ National . Radio New Zealand. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. Collins, Hugh (25 August 2015). "Female comic artists challenge gender stereotypes". . Fairfax New Zealand . Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  5. McKenzie, Karen. "Three Words Press Release" (PDF). Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  6. Adams, Pip (14 March 2016). "Book review with Pip Adam". RNZ National . Radio New Zealand . Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  7. "Three Words Interview - Rae Fenton, Sarah Laing & Indira Neville". Pikitia Press. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  8. Three words : an anthology of Aotearoa/NZ women's comics. Joyce, Rae,, Laing, Sarah, 1973-, Neville, Indira, 1973-. Auckland, New Zealand. 2016. p. 4. ISBN   9780994120502. OCLC   948291321.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)