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In Comics World, Women Are Invisible - Except When They're Naked

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Sara Drake, Truthout Graphic Journalism | Graphic Journalism
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In an arena where female characters don't often get a spotlight unless they're naked, women comics artists have a tough time getting the acclaim they deserve. For example, the "Masters of Comics" exhibition in 2005 - an attempt to create an American comic canon - featured all male comics artists. Today's edition of Ladydrawers delves into this world of ingrown sexism and gender barriers.

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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Sara Drake

Sara Drake is a cartoonist and maze-maker who currently resides on the Internet. Her work is displayed in official and not-so-official places. She likes short walks on the beach and candlelit geodesic domes, and she hates jerks. She is the author of the self-published comic, "Small Advices," and the former editor of Xerox Candy Bar. Visit her blog by clicking here.

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.