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Unformatted text preview: WOMEN IN COMICS An Introductory Guide by Trina Robbins Today it is generally assumed that the world of comic books is male. Comic stores are filled with boys and men buying violent comics featuring grim-faced, overly muscled superheroes and improbably large breasted women. A girl or woman in these stores is a rarity, and comics by or for women and girls are equally rare. Most people associate comics with boys and superheroes, believing that this has always been the situation. Not. In the not-so-distant past, scores of women drew comics, and comic book racks were filled with positive, strong female role models. There was a time when girl comic readers actually outnumbered the boys. But by the 1970s, when I was one of a small group of women cartoonists in the San Francisco Bay Area, those times had been forgotten. Because I suspected that the situation had once been different, I decided to research the history of women cartoonists. My archaeology paid off, and I have produced four books on the subject of women and comics, with a fifth coming out in 2000. In this course I'll share my knowledge of the pioneering 20th century women cartoonists, dashing superheroine role models in comics of the 1940s on, and today's new girl cartoonist explosion. While each of these three topics can be read and enjoyed on its own, together they make up a well-rounded history of comics as they pertain to and affect women. In Great Women Cartoonists, you'll meet the very commercially successful women who drew comics at the turn of the century; the charming, funny flapper cartoonists from the 1920s; and the 1940s women who, when the men went off to war, filled the pages of American comic books with great girl heroes. The second topic, Superheroines, will introduce you to the costumed superwomen and girls who've battled evildoers and righted wrongs in comics for the past sixty years. Among them you'll meet the Amazon princess whose psychologist creator also invented the lie detector, along with the cat-suited heroine who looked just like her woman creator, and the teenager who had only to say a magic word in order to become the most powerful girl in the world. Finally, Contemporary Comic Grrrlz will take you from the Underground Womyn Libbers of the 1970s to today's proliferation of self-published Grrl comics and zines. Thanks to computers and photocopy machines, anyone with a message can now cheaply produce their own comics or zines, as so many young women are doing. But it's essential for anyone interested in comics, especially women who aspire to a career in the industry, to know what it was like before the guys took over. NACAE National Association of Comics Art Educators This document is free for non-commercial educational use....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course IDS 102 taught by Professor Eaton during the Spring '08 term at North Shore Community College.
- Spring '08