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Surreal illustrations offer a new twist on historical female rulers

Historical women illustrations

The book is packed full of historical stories and surreal illustrations

It seems independent publishers are on the rise, with indie zines (opens in new tab) continuing to prove that print is far from dead. Belly Kids (opens in new tab) is one such publisher who create books, prints and tapes along with all sorts of odd accessories. Their latest effort 'Sister Like You (opens in new tab)' takes a look at historical female rulers.

"We're fascinated by taking stories and spinning them in a new way," explains Belly Kid's Michael Coley. "Last year we had lots of fun with Ancient Egypt and now we've brought to life some seriously great stories from the dusty archive."

Working with Jade Coles (opens in new tab) - one the founder members of the all female punk choir Gaggle - the book is packed full of beautiful illustrations and engrossing stories about the Queens of years gone by. "She gives these bloody women a modern twist," concludes Coley. The book features artwork from Ellie Andrews (opens in new tab), Alice Tye (opens in new tab), Kaye Blegvad (opens in new tab), Donya Todd (opens in new tab) and many more.

Historical women illustrations

Historical women illustrations

Historical women illustrations

Historical women illustrations

Historical women illustrations

Pre-order the Sister Like You book over on the Belly Kids (opens in new tab) website.

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Sammy Maine
Sammy Maine

Sammy Maine was a founding member of the Creative Bloq team, working as a Commissioning Editor. Her interests cover graphic design in music and film, illustration and animation. Since departing, Sammy has written for The Guardian, VICE, The Independent & Metro, and currently co-edits the quarterly music journal Gold Flake Paint.