ABSTRACT

This book provides an introduction to women cartoonists in the US, reading their work from a feminist, literary and stylistic perspective, which shines a light on their innovative and unique narratives and graphic languages.

From rabid feminists to blundering teenagers to dyke avengers and pregnant butches, from political satire to memoirs to troubling sexual tales, from caricature to the clear line, from realism to minimalism and abstraction – they have done it all. This book looks at the work of over thirty authors who have challenged the boys’ club of comics in the US and whose stories shed a revealing light on contemporary society, through countercultural ripostes to the patriarchy, raw or humorous confessions, deconstruction of femininity, stories of vulnerability that offer powerful counterpoints to the "super bodies" of mainstream comics, non-white and queer cartoonists "drawing back" and more.

This is a key title for students and scholars in the fields of Comics Studies, Literature and Women and Gender Studies.

chapter |17 pages

Introduction

chapter 1|27 pages

Down with the patriarchy!

chapter 3|28 pages

Memoirs and dysfunctional diaries

chapter 4|37 pages

Full color

chapter 5|33 pages

Queer power!

chapter 6|30 pages

Mirror of the world

chapter |9 pages

Conclusion