When I was a little girl, definitely in the 10 and under range, I was kind of obsessed with Barbie coloring books. I had a gajillion Barbie things, but I really loved the coloring books because there was so much potential for Things To Color. Sure, the Barbies themselves had to be some variety of skin colored, whatever shade of skin that happened to be. BUT THEIR CLOTHES. I could color that whatever I wanted – including patterns. Polka dots everywhere, y’all.

The Barbie coloring books were great – there were a lot of fun fashions in there. But they were also really just page after page of really thin women. Obviously there’s a lot shaping our world view when we’re kids but I was a fat kid and I can’t say those coloring books didn’t contribute to my body hate, you know?

SO.

A couple of Wiscons ago, I was on a panel that asked, essentially, where are all the fat butches in space?

Nicole Lorenz drew me one.

A framed drawing of a fat butch in a space suit with a ray gun

It pretty much blew my mind and made me incredibly happy.

And then she kept drawing fat ladies in space! And it was AWESOME!

That’s the short version of how Nicole Lorenz created the Fat Ladies in Spaaaaaaaaace coloring book, which features 16 fatty space farers doing what they do – trekking across the universe in whatever style suits them best.

I’ve been so incredibly excited about this. And there is, in fact, a giveaway in the works!

But if you’re an overeager beaver like me, you can also buy a copy for your very very own.

Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace
a body-positive coloring book
Authored by Nicole Lorenz

That’s on createspace. Here’s the amazon link – it’s just not active yet.

I don’t know if I’m allowed to show y’all – but I am in the coloring book! Basically, it’s the best picture of me in my entire life. *laugh* Because there is a unicorn!!! And a questing tiara!

SO. I’m linking to this and hoping to spread the excite – because how exciting! Fat ladies who present in a variety of ways! The original fat butch is in there and I can’t wait to color her some more (maybe I might have made some photo copies of the original drawing and done some color at the time, heh). I can’t wait to color in fat femmes and fat butches and fat bodies doing all sorts of awesome space-faring things.

How cool does this look?

Cover of the coloring book

The answer is: SO FREAKING COOL.

That’s about how cool Nicole is as well. Just saying.

Stay tuned for the giveaway information!


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37 Comments

  1. Posted August 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I want seven copies. *nods* SEVEN!

    • TR
      Posted August 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      ME TOO! :D

      Basically, I want to color AND have copies to give to other people, including children.

    • Dindrane
      Posted September 7, 2011 at 3:55 am | Permalink

      I cannot wait to make a costume for some science fiction conventions that look like this and just WAIT for someone to give me guff. I have a space gun, you jerks. I WILL USE IT.

  2. Teresa
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    That. Is. AWESOME.

    :D

  3. kiwi
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Barbie colouring books were my favourite as a kid, and as not so much of a kid too, for exactly the same reason! Colouring clothes allows for so much more fun and creative than other pictures. But, I do remember wishing for different styles. I mean you can’t wear a ballgown, loooong perfect hair, and heels all the time!
    Definitely on board for this book!!!

  4. Ajay
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I want the action figures REALLY BADLY!!!

    • TR
      Posted August 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

      Oh, man, if only there were action figures….

  5. Paponda
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I love it. I will be asking for this for Christmas.

  6. twobyfour
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Love it – I have a feeling this book is going to inspire a tattoo.

    • Posted August 16, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      I was actually thinking this myself. ‘Cause I’ve had a ‘Fat Power’ tattoo in my head for a while now. I was thinking a hot fattie Wonderwoman type with long flowing locks and a fist of justice in sexy patent leather gloves.

      • Charlotte
        Posted August 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

        Do it! Someone on earth needs to have that tattoo!

  7. JupiterPluvius
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    I could be no more excited!

  8. Posted August 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    YES. Nicole is the COOLEST EVER.
    Also I’m in the coloring book too! I’m the space diva!

    • TR
      Posted August 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      That’s AWESOME!

  9. Posted August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m technically too old for coloring books, but I so very much want one. Or two. Or fifteen.

    • Charlotte
      Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      I’m of the belief that you are never too old for coloring books. :)

  10. The Bald Soprano
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    *SQUEEEEE!* is what my husband heard across the apartment when I saw this cover. I want MANY of them…

  11. Posted August 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    This is beyond excellent! Can’t wait to see the one of you!

  12. Charlotte
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    WAAANT! Even my Crayola colored pencils are screaming for joy.

  13. Melody
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Love!! My daughter needs this.

  14. zingor
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Right now it’s part of Amazon’s 4 for 3 deal. So I just bought 4 copies for the price of 3!

  15. Wicked
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Yes, action figures! And I want the ship big enough that the fat lady fits inside and can fly around. And I want the space octopus as an action figure too. Oh, and the fat lady action figure needs to have a gun that is not permanently attached to her hand, because sometimes she can just kill space creatures with her bare hands and the gun would just get in the way.

    • Posted August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      Damn, now *I* want action figures! That playset would look so good in my sun room, right between the dinosaurs and the My Little Ponies…

  16. e
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Let me know when they are available, I would love to add a copy to our library collection!

    • TR
      Posted August 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      It’s totally available on Amazon now.

  17. Posted August 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    That is awesome! I can’t wait to buy AND color one!

  18. Nicole
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Awesomesauce! Serious question–are the other pics you’ve seen appropriate for young children? I have a three-year-old girl and would LOVE to order this for her but want to be sure it’s kid-friendly. I love this!

    • Posted August 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      I’d rate it a G to a light PG.

      There’s no swearing or nudity, but a few pages involve weapons (none of them being used *on* anyone except the cover art), and one page has some cartoony, non-graphic zombies in the background.

      The captions that go along with each picture include some references that might make a kid ask things like “What’s a hemocoel?” but nothing objectionable, I don’t think.

  19. Posted August 18, 2011 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    OH, OH, OH how wonderful is this??? I love it! I just bought 4 copies too. I was going to buy 2 and then saw the 4 for the price of 3 deal on Amazon. Thanks for the tip Zingor. I can not wait to color these and to share them with my friends!

  20. Emerald
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    OK. This is AWESOME. (Someone call Steven Moffat. That lady on the cover needs to be the Doctor’s new companion.)

    I don’t know if you’re aware, but there are now a number of conversations going on on Facebook and Twitter re a) this coloring book and how fabulous it is, and b) the dreadful ‘Maggie Goes On A Diet’, and how great it would be if someone could come up with a fat-positive kids’ book as a way of counteracting that kind of thing. D’you think Nicole might be up for it?

    • TR
      Posted August 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      I’ll nudge Nicole and see what she thinks. *grin*

    • Theresa
      Posted August 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      I’m starting work on one TODAY.

      Cheers!

  21. Theresa
    Posted August 23, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Just ordered mine. Thanks for the link!

  22. Posted August 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Sooo….I’m just putting this out there.

    http://www.patchtogether.com/

    They do figures. You submit designs, and if 50 people pre-order that design, they make it.

    Just sayin.

    :)

  23. Leilin
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    So, since I´d loooove to buy this coloring book for my kids but I’m in Europe, I googled to see if it was available somewhere else except Amazon – and I came across this site…

    http://improbable.com/2011/08/15/semiotics-exercise-fat-ladies-in-spaaaaace/

    :o

  24. Posted September 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I am SO going to get this for my daughter when she’s old enough (only 4 months so not quite at the coloring stage yet!).

  25. Posted September 17, 2011 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Cool! Something else for me to draw the Starfleet emblem on! XD

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