“I look forward to the time when honest depictions of women’s bodies are a normal thing to look at, instead of some kind of statement.”—Anya Ulinich
“At their best, autobiographical stories allow us to experience empathy for others and perhaps learn something new about ourselves. If that’s empowering young female creators to talk openly about their lives (sexual and otherwise), great. If that’s opening a window for dialogue about the female experience in the context of a largely white, male-dominated field? Also great.” —Lucy Bellwood
“In my early comics, all of my girl characters were super idealized and cute — they looked how I wished I could look.” —Megan Kelso
“I like to have fun with conventional images of what ‘beautiful’ and ‘feminine’ mean to this culture… I think many women have a lot of ambiguity about their self image.” —Roberta Gregory
Overview: An intense STD that mutates the carriers body in different ways for every person makes its way through suburban Seattle teenagers. Rather than attempting to find a cure, the teens learn to live with the disease in this exploration of sex, growing up, alienation, and the feeling of…
Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic tale, in which the hidden lives of German boarding school students are revealed in the wake of a classmate’s suicide, goes to graphic and emotional lengths that were rare in manga when…
Trina, though, described the underground comics world being like a boys’ club she wasn’t invited into. So she and other women made their own comics. “I produced the very first all-woman comic book in the world, in 1970,” she said. Her new book, “Pretty in Ink,” is about women cartoonists, and only the latest book by this herstorian of women in comics.