On sale date: March 7, 2016
This two-volume, slipcased set collects two decades of the groundbreaking underground/alternative anthology Wimmen’s Comix.
In the late ’60s, underground comix changed the way comics readers saw the medium — but there was an important pronoun missing from the revolution. In 1972, ten women cartoonists got together in San Francisco to rectify the situation and produce the first and longest-lasting all-woman comics anthology, Wimmen’s Comix. Within two years the Wimmen’s Comix Collective had introduced cartoonists like Roberta Gregory and Melinda Gebbie to the comics-reading public, and would go on to publish some of the most talented women cartoonists in America — Carol Tyler, Mary Fleener, Dori Seda, Phoebe Gloeckner, and many others. In its twenty year run, the women of Wimmen’s tackled subjects the guys wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole: abortion, menstruation, masturbation, castration, lesbians, witches, murderesses, and feminists. Most issues of Wimmen’s Comix have been long out of print, so it’s about time these pioneering cartoonists’ work received their due. Presented as a gorgeous two-volume slipcased set, The Complete Wimmen’s Comix includes the ground-breaking 1970 one-shot, It Ain’t Me, Babe, the very first all-woman comic book ever published. Edited with an introduction by Trina Robbins.
“There’s history and fantasy, masturbation and menstruation, work and sex, food and drugs, witches and lesbians, superheroines and feminists.” — Huffington Post
“Fantagraphics gives the big, boxed-set treatment to the underground comic that put female comics creators on the map. Launched during the heyday of women’s liberation, Wimmen’s Comix sustained the in-your-face, rebellious spirit of the 1960s social and sexual revolutions throughout its run. As definitely essential as it is definitely not for children. ” — Ray Olsen - Booklist - Starred Review
“Comics histories and major collected editions like The Complete Wimmen’s Comix do important work: they expand the conversation of and around comics. And, you know, they look cool on my bookshelves.” — Megan Purdy - ComicsAlliance
“...[O]ne of the most important and influential anthologies of all times. ... Wimmen’s Comix was raw and uncensored, and the subject matter was torn from headlines and private moments, from periods to abortion to crappy jobs to romance. The catalog copy calls it a showcase for ''some of the most talented women cartoonists in America'' but I think seen in the context of its times, it will be clear that this is a collection of ''some of the most talented cartoonists''…full stop.” — Heidi MacDonald - The Beat
“[Wimmen's Comix] has a murderer's row of great cartoonists...” — Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter
- Black and white
- 8.6" × 10.8"