Growing lineup of superheroine titles adds one more: 'Pix'

While Marvel and DC Comics have recently renewed their focus on superheroines with the likes of Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen and Wonder Woman and Batgirl, independent publishers and creators have been enjoying a bumper crop of superpowered women and girls -- including Pix, created by a former Marvel editor turned cartoonist.

Gregg Schigiel has recently launched Pix: One Weirdest Weekend, a graphic novel about a fairy princess who has to deal with real-world issues like first dates. The cartoonist describes Pix as "what if Spider-Man were a Disney princess?" and mixes the classic superhero formula he learned from his time at Marvel with more modern storytelling gleaned from working at Nickelodeon and on SpongeBob Squarepants.

“There's been a lot of really great conversation in comics about material featuring and for women and girls, and seeing books like Smile and SistersZita The Space GirlLumberjanes, Amulet and others, has me feeling really good about the audience that's out there for a book like Pix,” Schigiel said in a statement.

Pix joins a growing ensemble of superheroine titles outside of Marvel and DC, including Strong Female ProtagonistRocket GirlSynergy, Critter and Adventures of Superhero Girl.

Schigiel has an interesting past coming into Pix. He worked at Marvel in the late 1990s as an assistant editor to Tom Brevoort before moving to Nickelodeon and beginning a long association with SpongeBob Squarepants. Since 2011 he's been a regular part of the SpongeBob Comics series, even designing a new character named Mermaid Girl.

Pix: One Weirdest Weekend debuted in September at Baltimore Comic-Con, and the cartoonist has been selling the graphic novel on his website. But this month Diamond Comic Distributors has listed the book in Previews. Schigiel is doing a unique online promotion to gather attention for Pix: One Wierdest Weekend, drawing a sketch each day through Dec. 24 featuring Pix alongside other popular comic characters for kids such as the Lumberjanes and Super Dinosaur.

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