Girls with slingshots: A comic for the rest of us

We’re not big into comics, but apparently that’s where you have to go to find interesting, three-dimensional female characters who take center stage. Because you won’t find them in Hollywood (take the Bechdel Test) or at the theater. But you will find them in Danielle Corsetto’s strip GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS. A reader recently tipped us off to the site because “it’s closely related to the stuff you guys talk about all the time” — we’re guessing she meant it’s about real women who are their own sexual agents, who don’t fit a preconceived notion of femininity, who pave their own individual romantic paths, sometimes faltering along the way, but always trying to learn and progress as they go while maintaining a healthy sense of humor (and a sex toy drawer).

You don’t even have to read all 8 years of backstory strips to get it; just check out this week’s clarification post from the creator — in it Corsetto explains how one character named Jamie is a virgin by her own definition, even though she’s boy crazy at the moment; another, Erin, is asexual and loathes labels; these two characters aren’t lesbians, even though they’re in love with each other; and they’ve just agreed to have an open relationship. Wow. Add to that a hot hetero married barista who’s sensitive (without a ponytail), a librarian/dominatrix looking for a boyfriend (not a slave), a talking cactus with “a gay French mustache,” and a bunch of other interesting people all centered around the main character Hazel, who’s got a beau but is looking to fall in love with a career.

The drawing is exceptional, the content is adult without being crass or titillating, and the emotions feel genuine. It’s nice to know that there is some realistic middle ground between Cathy and Jessica Rabbit.