At the comic shop I work at we had a special event last weekend that was met with much success. A “Ladies” night. A night where women and woman-identified could shop, chat and just generally geek out in an open store staffed by all female staff and attended by a local female artist. Even at my store (which is pretty damned inclusive and open) women have felt uncomfortable. It was nice to shop without the judgement or stares from other male customers and our ladies told us so....more
If you feel like shopping today, might I point you to the Ladies Making Comics aStore? If you don’t or just want a reminder that not everyone’s in a capitalist frenzy, here’s a few comics that have a social conscience by ladies. I’ve linked to WorldCat so you might find them in a local library....more
This past weekend at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library was the opening of a retrospective in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Wimmen's Comix, the groundbreaking underground comix anthology series that ran (sporadically) from 1972 to 1992. Many of the contributing cartoonists were in attendance:...more
Check out the cover to Pretty in Ink, Trina Robbins’s new updated and expanded history of American women cartoonists (the one I sort of helped with by finding out that Golden Age artist Fran Hopper is still alive!...more
I both love and fear watching my 11-year-old daughter Isobel embrace everything science fiction, fantasy, and comics. Love it because because I share her enthusiasm -- As Stephanie S says, "I do believe that there is educational value in all forms of media, including television about teenage vampire slayers." Fear it because Iz is both smart and beautiful -- and female characters with those traits often get treated badly in fantastic realms. Especially in fantastic comics or graphic novel realms.
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