Ladydrawers: Fast Fashion

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:43 By Julia Gfrörer and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | News
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2013 0813ld fbToday's Ladydrawers strip kicks off a yearlong investigation into women's international labor, primarily through the global garment and sex trades. Of course, it starts with fashion - not only the largest employer of women worldwide but one of most significant ways through which sexuality is expressed, in the US and around the world. Fast fashion, in particular: cheap, cute, disposable threads on which we spend about $1,700 per year.

This strip also marks a change in how we work at Ladydrawers: We'll be working with artists for longer, connecting stories more closely and continuing to innovate comics journalism with our pals at Truthout. Julia Gfrörer will be drawing the next two strips, and Anne Elizabeth Moore will continue to write, partnering with experts in the field at times to bring you the most accurate, intriguing data from around the globe.

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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.

Julia Gfrörer

Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, NH, and currently lives and works in Portland, OR. Her work has appeared in Thickness, Arthur Magazine, and Best American Comics, and her graphic novel, Black Is the Color, will be published by Fantagraphics in October 2013. Her last name rhymes with 'despair.'

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