We recently stumbled on this awesome comic and, after doing some digging, traced it back to a very talented 23-year-old woman named Irene “Eleyon” Martini. The original plan was to simply share Irene’s “Girls And Videogames” in all its she-nailed-it glory. But after learning more about the artist and how often her work is stolen, compliments of cyber thieves, we decided to right their digital wrongs by giving Irene her proper due.
Based in Italy, Irene graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Fine Arts this past October (her thesis was on a WYSK… writer, illustrator, and conservationist Beatrix Potter), and she’s currently an Animation student at the Nemo Academy of Digital Arts in Florence. She’s also crazy about hot tea.
Irene’s “Girls And Videogames” comic (among others) is floating all over the internet, and in many cases, with absolutely no attribution links to a source site/page, and no credit given to Irene as its creator. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
“Though she’s gained attention for the chibi-fied style of her strips, it’s her full illustrations that show her truest talent. Emotional and silent portraits of unknown heroines allow Irene Martini to flex her skills.”
While she does have the comic watermarked, there’s no direct linkage back to Irene. But we’re so glad we put in the effort to find her because what we uncovered is an impressive portfolio of clever, one-off comic strips, stunning illustrations and killer drawings created by a Woman You Should Know.