We're excited to announce that our awesome "herstorian" Trina Robbinswill be a special guest at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference!
The conference begins on Thursday, February 13th, and runs through Sunday, February 16th. Trina will be speaking about graphic novels for teens and tweens on Friday at 4:30 PM, and about research on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Register now for the conference, and come here Trina talk about her comprehensive new collection Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries!
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On her blog, Trina writes, "If you come to my presentations or run into me on the floor, please stop and say hello; I am always up for a coffee break at the conference’s Cafe Ferlinghetti."
The San Francisco Writers Conference takes place at the Mark Hopkins Hotel at 999 California Street, located at the crest of famed Nob Hill at the intersection of three cable car lines. It is within walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown and the Financial District, as well as a short ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. For more travel details, visit their website here.
They will be included in the (knock on wood) next printing. Until then, Trina Robbins:
A heartfelt thank you to Kyle Ryan, Ellen Klages, Shaun Clancy, Jonathan Warm Day Coming, Patrick Ford, Bill McGrath, Christine Chambers, and Allan Holtz (and his great website, http://strippersguide.blogspot.com), for the priceless material that they provided; to Alexa Dickman, for her detective work that resulted in my finding Fran Hopper; and to Steve Leialoha, for putting together the pieces. This would still be a book without them, but it would not be half as good a book.
A special thank you to Alex Jay for his information on Katherine Patterson Rice, and for clearing up the Jean Mohr gender mystery; Jean Mohr, who was included in all my past books, is a man!
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
180-page color/black & white 9" x 12" softcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-669-0
"Robbins is pretty well known for doing these 'Women in comics' type books over the years. But this larger-sized format, with bright colors really makes this much more than a simple updating of a years old exercise." –Benn Ray, Atomic Books
You simply can't have a panel about "brave women" in comics without having our own Trina Robbins in the mix!
So, join them on Wednesday, November 13th from 10:00 AM to Noon for the panel "Brave Women in Comix Then & Now: San Francisco Comix Scene from 1970 to Today." As you no doubt know, that city was the epicenter for "American Underground Comixs" in the '60s and '70s, breaking ground for new genres in comixs for women, gays, Latinos, and other diverse groups. This is sure to be a rare intellectual and art event that will bring forth unknown and inspirational dialogue from a feminine and historical perspective.
Along with Trina, the spirited round table discussion will also include Maureen Burdock of Laydeez Do Comix, Heather Plunkett from the Cartoon Art Museum, Isis Rodriguez of My Life as a Comic Stripper, and fellow pioneer Mary Wings from San Francisco's underground comix scene, who just happens to be in our award-winning anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics!
In the 21st century, women cartoonists have more opportunities than ever before: graphic novels in bookstores and libraries, and comics on the Internet, have created audiences for influential books such as Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi), Fun Home (Alison Bechdel), What It Is (Lynda Barry), and Hark! A Vagrant (Kate Beaton). Trina Robbins’ lavishly illustrated Pretty in Ink shows that, although the comics field was dominated by men, beginning in 1896 and throughout the 20th century, more women have been professional cartoonists than people previously thought. Robbins showcases cartoonists such as Lily Renée — an Austrian woman who escaped from Nazis, only to draw action/adventure comics exploits as exciting as her own — and Eva Mirabal, a Native American corporal whose G.I. Gertie strip showed the wacky side of the Women Army Corps (WAC). Trina Robbins is and has been the preeminent scholar of comics “herstory” for more than 30 years, and those new to comics and longtime fans alike will find much to discover in this updated and comprehensive volume.
"Trina Robbins is one of the icons of the underground comix generation, a cartoonist and creative person always pushing forward in ways that have influenced and inspired her peers and admirers. She has become in the decades since an equally valuable advocate for the recognition of great female cartoonists." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
"A critical work, painstaking, impressive, funny, and moving in the way it shines a tender light on the most anonymous practitioners of the most anonymous art form of the twentieth century — but above all, a pleasure to get lost in. The universe is grateful to Trina Robbins for this book." – Michael Chabon (about The Great Woman Cartoonists)
"I was one of the legion of young girls who adored Wonder Woman back in the 1940s, and am one of the legion of admirers of Neil Gaiman's Death in the 1990s. In between I seemed to have missed a number of fascinating woman superheroes. But thanks to Trina Robbins's wonderful readable book, I now know where to look." – Jane Yolen (about The Great Women Superheroes)
"A Century of Women Cartoonists is eye-opening, inspiring, retroactive of yet another piece of women's history — and funny! So who was it that said feminists have no sense of humor?" – Robin Morgan (about A Century of Women Cartoonists)
With the 1896 publication of Rose O’Neill’s comic strip The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine, American women entered the field of comics, and they never left it.
But, you might not know that reading most of the comics histories out there. Trina Robbins has spent the last thirty years recording the accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists, and Pretty in Ink is her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries (such as a Native American woman cartoonist from the 1940s who was also a Corporal in the women's army, and the revelation that a cartoonist included in all of Robbins's previous histories was a man!)
In the pages of Pretty in Ink you’ll find new photos and correspondence from cartoonists Ethel Hays and Edwina Dumm, and the true story of Golden Age comic book star Lily Renee, as intriguing as the comics she drew. Although the comics profession was dominated by men, there were far more women working in the profession throughout the 20th century than other histories indicate, and they have flourished in the 21st. Robbins not only documents the increasing relevance of women throughout the 20th century, with mainstream creators such as Ramona Fradon and Dale Messick and alternative cartoonists such as Lynda Barry, Carol Tyler, and Phoebe Gloeckner, but the latest generation of women cartoonists — Megan Kelso, Cathy Malkasian, Linda Medley, and Lilli Carré, among many others. Robbins is the preeminent historian of women comic artists; forget her previous histories: Pretty in Ink is her most comprehensive volume to date.
Here we bring you a downloadable excerpt of Chapter 1, "The Queens of Cute," which introduces you to the creators of American icons the Kewpies (also the creator of the first known comic strip by an American woman), the Campbell Kids, and other cherubic characters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Later chapters take you through the Jazz Age, comics' Golden Age, the heyday of the underground, and up to the present day.
Don't miss this enlightening, entertaining, and essential volume — pre-order today!
Trina Robbins wrote the book, literally, on the history of women cartoonists, and now she's back with a completely revised, updated and rewritten version. Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 is an eye-opening, reader-friendly overview, loaded with illustrations and full comics pages in an oversized softcover format. From the early days of the art form, to the Golden Age, through the Underground, and into the present day, women's often-underappreciated contributions to the medium come under Robbins's spotlight to be given the recognition they deserve.
This book will be available in November; we'll have more previews for you in the coming weeks, and you can secure your copy by pre-ordering now.
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