body acceptance

Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace!

19 September, 2011

The front cover of Fat Ladies in Space, depicting a fat space lady battling with a space octopus as it tries to take hold of the space ship. Lots of markers and pens surround the colouring book.

Have you heard about Nicole Lorenz‘s colouring book, Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace?! When I first saw one of Nicole’s drawings posted on Marianne’s blog, I knew I wanted to colour in her fabulous space heroes straight away but I had to wait until the book was ready for the world. When Nicole asked me if I’d like a copy to review I immediately responded in the affirmative!

Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace was inspired by someone asking, “Why are there no fat butches in space?” during a WisCon panel. Fortunately there are people like Nicole in this world who answer the calls that go unheard, and now we have a bunch of fat space heroines brought to life by Nicole’s talented hand. I love this from the back cover,

“There’s a whole universe of body types out there, and they all deserve to be represented.”

I highly recommend Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace not just because I love colouring in or supporting artists who are also fantastic activists, but also because the illustrations are perfect for any sort of colouring. If you prefer to use pencil there are large expanses of space for all sorts of shading, and if you like markers you can fill those bits with patterns! Every illustration has a blank page behind it too, I was relieved to see, so I could use my markers with gleeful abandon and not have to worry about spoiling the illustration on the next page. (Although for markers that bleed, I suggest popping a sheet of paper behind each page, because my markers have +2523423 bleeding power.)

Here are some of the pages I’ve coloured in so far over the last few weeks.

An illustration of a fat lady in green, wearing a brown vest and cowboy boots, looking frustrated at her companion who is dressed suspiciously like the 11th Doctor holding an atlas of the universe upside down. They stand in front of a Tardis, ahem, police box.

An illustration of a space pirate dressed up in a blue corset, tights and pirate boots. She has long red curly hair, a huge blue hat with a long feather and a high tech cutlass as she holds a mobile device.

An illustration of a fat lady in a safari hat sitting atop a small dinosaur holding an hourglass, looking at it with disdain.

An illustration of a space cowgirl wearing a brown flannel shirt, aqua pants and hat with cowboy boots. She has a ray gun on her hip and is swinging a neon pink lasso around her head.

An illustration of a woman in a long aqua dress with copper accents and pipes extending from behind her head is singing.

A fat woman sits at the control panel of a space ship and with a view of a burning star, a planet and a smattering of stars.

A pen drawing of a short haired fat lady wearing a frilly dress, holding a ray gun.

The cutest thing is the lovely personalised message Nicole jotted in the front of my book, and when I flipped to the end I found a little drawing too! (I wonder if that’s me as a fat space hero!?)

If you want to get your mittens on a Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace colouring book, I suggest hopping over to Amazon or CreateSpace and snapping up a copy.

If you want to follow Nicole’s artistic endeavours, her blog is this way.

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  • Anonymous

    This looks fantastic! I’ve not seen her work before but I love it. I also haven’t had a colouring book since I was little & I seriously don’t know why. I may just have to buy this one and get back to colouring in!
    -Andi x

  • I would be such a kick ass companion for travelling through time and space. Ten would be my ‘Doctor’ though. 

  • Penny

    I love coloring books, more than either of my kids ever did.  This one looks terrific and fun.  (Got myself coloring books for learning Spanish and Italian nouns–surprisingly effective, because you spend enough time with your eyes and thoughts on an object/word that it sinks in.)