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Why Are Women and Transgender Comic Creators Getting Less of the Pie?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 By Nicole Boyett and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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LadydrawersAs promised, this month and next, we'll have two strips that present new findings on who is being published in comics and who isn't. If you've followed these debates, you'll know that two big charges follow all number-crunching on gender in media: that women don't make work as often as men, and that women don't submit work to publishers at the same rates as men. We kill both arguments dead in this strip, by Nicole Boyett and Anne Elizabeth Moore, which shows that men make up only 54 percent of comics creators, and submit work at approximately the same rates as women. But trans, gender queer and non-binary gender folk still get the smallest slice of the pie.

Ladydrawers

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Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Nicole Boyett

Nicole Boyett is a comics and fiber artist prone to screen printing, research and crazed collaboration. Split between Seattle and Chicago, she makes work about everything from American sex-ed to interstellar piracy. You can find her on Twitter @indeliblenic, or check out her recent fiber work here.

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Why Are Women and Transgender Comic Creators Getting Less of the Pie?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 By Nicole Boyett and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

LadydrawersAs promised, this month and next, we'll have two strips that present new findings on who is being published in comics and who isn't. If you've followed these debates, you'll know that two big charges follow all number-crunching on gender in media: that women don't make work as often as men, and that women don't submit work to publishers at the same rates as men. We kill both arguments dead in this strip, by Nicole Boyett and Anne Elizabeth Moore, which shows that men make up only 54 percent of comics creators, and submit work at approximately the same rates as women. But trans, gender queer and non-binary gender folk still get the smallest slice of the pie.

Ladydrawers

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Nicole Boyett

Nicole Boyett is a comics and fiber artist prone to screen printing, research and crazed collaboration. Split between Seattle and Chicago, she makes work about everything from American sex-ed to interstellar piracy. You can find her on Twitter @indeliblenic, or check out her recent fiber work here.