Marie Davis, one half of Wickedly Sisters (spoonandthemoonapp.com) is a runabout, ruffian App developer. Her business partner and co-creator, Margaret Hultz, is a more reserved, personality, although she did bark down the Werewolf of Paris at a taxi stop this summer. Both of these run-of-the-mill gals have just released their first app titled Spoon and the Moon. It is an iNovel where the sensational and revolutionary combine elegantly through daring animations, magical illustrations, and vibrant original music. The reader will sit back, relax and let the story unfold, or join other media voyagers adding to the storyline with their own illustration, animation, music or story. Submissions voted the best will be added as an update to the app, a chance to see your name in app lights!
Feminist author, journalist, artist, and internationally syndicated cartoonist Marie Davis’ career spans twenty years of seriously disciplined creativity. Throughout her career Davis has been committed to the cause of feminism and social change. One of her passions has been the creation of works dedicated to teaching women and girls the positive choices that can be made by studying historical women.
Working for Today’s Woman magazine as a journalist, cartoonist and history sleuth, Davis has won seven first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for outstanding work in the fields of editorial cartoons and minority/women’s affairs reporting.
During her fourteen years at Today’s Woman magazine, Davis pushed her editors to begin including feature articles celebrating African American History Month and Women’s History Month. Some of those articles include her award winning A Sampler of Great African American Women—How quilt patterns often mapped designated safe-houses along the Underground Railroad; The Open House That They Built—Four strong women used their political savvy to construct housing laws in Kentucky and Indiana; Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Patriots—Since the American Revolution women have served our country in every conflict; and the award winning cartoon titled Today’s Feminism— Would you call yourself a feminist?
In 1994 her first cartoon strip, Kentucky Tales, began its fourteen year run as a newspaper-in-education program. Published in twenty newspapers, it used humor and history to teach gender equity and multiculturalism to middle school children. Spin-offs from this cartoon strip were numerous women history projects both local and statewide. One of those projects, Ten Great State Women — A traveling art exhibition detailing the lives of ten Kentucky women. This show kicked off Women’s History Month on the state capitol grounds in 2002, honoring Sen. Georgia Davis Powers, with Gov. and Judy Patton addressing the audience.
Davis’ most recent cartoon strip is Besos…Kisses…Baiser…поцелуи…which is a multilingual lesbian cartoon strip is published in five languages, (Belarusian, Russian, French, Spanish and English) seven countries, and three continents. It is available in the GBLT communities of Russia, Belarus, France, Mexico, Australia and the United States.
Davis’ first novel (MotesBooks 2008), an audio book titled Hey Diddle Diddle – For Lesbians and Other Grownups, has been called, “A fast juggle from humor to poetry and prose, and not at all to be dismissed as solely humor.” Wickedly Sisters has also had a short story, titled “Simone’s Castle” published in Strangers in Paris, an anthology (Tightrope Books, 2011). Marie will have a short story, based on true events, titled “The Million Dollars That I Ate” (MoteBooks) appearing soon in another anthology.
When not drawing, researching or writing Davis is frequently held hostage by her four obsessive-compulsive cats in her 19th century Victorian home in Louisville, Kentucky, which she has surrounded with large shrub topiaries of a rhino, an elephant, penguins and others of that ilk.
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