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Why Have There Been No Great Women Comics Artists? (Part 3)

Tuesday, 16 August 2011 04:16 By Christa Donner and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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The discussion raised lately by this column, shakeups in corporate comics and general ongoing frustrations in the world of lady drawers has hinged largely on why there have been no great female comics characters, and the ridiculous outfits they are often given to wear. But as in any form of media, comics are also a job for those select few with the talent, perseverance and luck to make it work. But those select few are a very homogenous group, and some are starting to ask why.

This last installment of Anne Elizabeth Moore and Christa Donner's collaborative "Ladydrawers" series, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Comics Artists?" answers the question with a mix of whimsy, theory and actual overheard quotes. (You'll have to guess which is which!) Set your bookmarks for our next installment now: we'll be dishing some stats on exactly how many women are working in comics - and where.

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"Ladydrawers," a new semimonthly comics collaboration, looks at the reasons behind gender bias in the media and in the comics world, and the impact that these dynamics have in both realms.

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Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library, a Fulbright scholar, and the author of several award-winning non-fiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press, 2007) and Cambodian Grrrl (2011). Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct Punk Planet and the founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She contributes criticism to The New Inquiry, The Baffler, N+1p and many others and writes a monthly comic strip for Truthout called Ladydrawers on gender, labor, and culture. Her latest book from Cantankerous Titles, New Girl Law, was called “A post-empirical, proto-fourth-wave feminist memoir” by Bust Magazine.

Christa Donner

Christa Donner is a visual artist who uses a variety of media to explore human bodily experience as well as occasionally why there might seem to be no great women comics artists. Her work is exhibited internationally and includes comics projects for Bust, Tin House, the Chicago Reader, and Grace Comics Showcase. More of Christa’s work can be found at

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