Inside 'Woman World' by Aminder Dhaliwal
Originally serialized via Instagram, Canadian cartoonist Aminder Dhaliwal’s science fiction slice-of-life strips have been collected, reworked and distributed by Drawn + Quarterly as Woman World.
With an explored premise that could fill the pages of even the thickest book, Dhaliwal’s Woman World opts to stay character focused with short and succinct strips detailing the day-to-day musings of a comical post-male society. With only the oldest women ever coexisting with men, each short sequence explores the peaceful and prosperous society of Woman World where the absence of men has only created new, hilarious problems in the world.
A small cast of generational characters provide different lenses of sitcom-style storytelling throughout the strips, dealing with the possible discovery of an unfinished male android factory (a dildo factory), last known media representation of the male-dominated 21st century (a DVD copy of Paul Blart: Mall Cop) and the difficulty in explaining jokes and terminology of the past (‘that’s what she said’.). In true sitcom spirit, some of the jokes and premises are groaners, but the development of the characters over the length of the book and the bright, cheerful artwork makes every story tidbit a joy.
Dhaliwal mixes many different styles of artwork into this representation of Woman World, with standard strips coming in fine, neat black and white with limited scenery and some short stories brimming with intricate detail. While most of the positive press of this well-illustrated collection might not be focused on the art, the gorgeously colored introduction and conclusion of the book show that even though this is a collection of strips and daily musings, Dhaliwal is a fantastic artist with a strong eye for color, composition and design.
Woman World is universally enjoyable despite your gender and most will find the stories inside highly relatable or similarly enlightening. Aminder Dhaliwal connects through the strips with a voice that is unique to her while conveying the thoughts, wishes and fantasies of womanhood as a whole.