The brains behind the Banksia Project, and how one woman is diversifying the world of comics

With female superheros finally getting their time in the spotlight, the world is calling out for more diversity behind the creation of modern comic series.

Comics and pop-culture have undeniably played a major role in combatting today’s social and cultural issues. While the plots of these stories may fight for justice, there has been a movement for social justice behind the scenes of this creative industry too.


On her mission to showcase the potential of females in the comic world, Brisbane based artist Alisha Jade has begun exhibiting her super-heroic art at local and national events.

With Sydney’s GRAPHIC Festival done and dusted, Jade together with Melbourne’s Sarah Howell took part in the event’s State of the Nation Panel, discussing issues involving resilience, visibility and opportunities for women in the graphic art industry.

These issues are what inspired Alisha Jade to launch The Banksia Project, a coaching and support network for women within in the Australian comic book scene. The Banksia Project asserts itself as an initiative that helps hone creative skills and provide emerging artists with career opportunities.

Recent research reveals women between the ages of 17-33 are the most rapidly growing demographic for comics, yet Australian society is yet to accommodate this great potential.

Alisha Jade’s major series Seven has been published in Oi Oi Oi magazine, and featured in the anthologies of Starrytellers and Fly the Colour of Fantastica.

Via Huffington Post