Can you briefly explain how did the idea for Boss Ladies of Sport come about?
PM: I was sitting on the couch watching the Tokyo Olympics, seeing the Australian women’s swim team win race after thrilling race. Then I kept seeing amazing female athletes achieving Olympic firsts and breaking world records left, right and centre. They were all so inspiring I decided to start drawing them, without any idea that it would eventually turn into a book!
Was there a boss lady of sport that you discovered when making the book who you’re really blown away by?
PM: There’s a Paralympic fencer called Beatrice Vio from Italy. Her nickname is ‘Bebe’ (which is ‘Baby’ in Italian). She lost her arms and legs to meningitis when she was a kid but re-learned how to fence using prosthetics. Just that courage and conviction to keep going despite adversity really blows my mind.
Do you have a favourite sport?
PM: I love watching soccer. My favourite team is Liverpool FC. That’s my hometown. I am not very sporty myself though, I spend too much time drawing! My wife and I have recently started playing tennis, though being a Boss Lady herself she usually beats me.
Phillip Marsden Live Drawing & Signing - Saturday 11 December 2pm
Phillip Marsden will be visiting Dymocks Sydney to give us a live demonstration of his craft, and sign copies of the book!
Kids titles such as “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls”, “Shout Out to the Girls” have been widely popular since their releases, what kind of message do you hope to convey with Boss Ladies of Sports?
PM: Yes, I love those books! I think it’s important for young people, girls and boys, to see women celebrated just as much as men, in sport and in other fields. I also hope readers are inspired by the Boss Ladies to believe in themselves and work hard at the things they enjoy.
Is there a favourite childhood classic you would love to illustrate?
PM: As a kid I loved Brian Jacques’ Redwall series, a fantasy epic about mice and other creatures who live in a woodland abbey. The books are so visually descriptive that as a kid I could picture the whole world clearly in my head. In fact I did draw a lot of pictures of habit-wearing, sword-wielding mice at the time!
Lastly, can you tell us what’s your next project is?
PM: Yes, I’m very excited to announce that I’ve just started working on Boss Ladies of SCIENCE! This will be similar to Boss Ladies of Sport but focusing on the incredible scientific minds out there. From vaccine creators to black hole photographers and many more!
Hsu – Dymocks Category Manager
"Boss Ladies of Sport is a go-to gift this Christmas for all the little ones in your life. This book is a wonderful celebration of amazing women athletes that took inspiration from some of the boss ladies who performed at the Tokyo Olympics - but extends to sportswomen across the globe and highlights their trials and triumphs. Each athlete’s illustration is unique and oh so FAB! Phillip Marsden has done an incredible job creating this gem of a book to help inspire the boss ladies of the future!!"
Boss Ladies of Sports is available in store and online now.