Comics Publishers: Who Are They?

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 04:49 By Lucy Knisley and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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If we divide the world of comics - just one of many forms of media - by what companies are releasing what works, some disturbing trends emerge. In this installment of Ladydrawers, we can begin to put together one reason so much of the industry seems dominated by men - in terms of labor, at least, it is.

Is it a vicious circle, most evident in the outfits worn by big-buxomed super heroines in an endless array of licensed titles? A sheer accident, an oversight on the part of one small, but influential, group of publishers? Or, as our previous Ladydrawers installment hinted, a well-planned conspiracy? You'll have to judge for yourself in this piece by Lucy Knisley and Anne Elizabeth Moore.

In coming weeks, we'll break down more statistics by publishers. It's certainly not the only way to look at gender bias, but it is a start.

Ladydrawers, a semimonthly comics collaboration, investigates the causes and outcomes of gender bias in the media and in the comics world, and the impact that these dynamics have in both realms.

Click here or on the comic below to open it in a new window and click again to zoom in.

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.

Lucy Knisley

Lucy Knisley is an illustrator, comics artist, and author. 

Her first published book, French Milk, is a journal about living and eating in Paris with her mother, available from Touchstone Publishing, August 2008.

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