Women in Comics, Part 1


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In 1896, Truth magazine published the first comic strip drawn by a woman. In the first half of a two-part podcast, Cristen and Caroline trace the early history of women in comics from the origin of the newspaper comic strip to the Golden Age of Comic Books.

"The Old Subscriber Calls," possibly the first published cartoon drawn by a woman, Rose Weitz. (Courtesy: Collectors Weekly)

Episode sources:

"23 Female Cartoonists on Drawing Their Bodies." http://www.buzzfeed.com/kristenradtke/draw-naked#.ggJXdR68NK

"Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Fellowship." http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/349756552/cartoonist-alison-bechdel-awarded-macarthur-fellowship

"Cartoons by Women Around the World Are a Needed Perspective." http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizadonnelly/2012/08/17/cartoons-by-women-around-the-world-are-a-needed-perspective/

"Comic Books Are Still Made by Men, for Men and about Men." http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/women-in-comic-books/

"Do cartoons have to exaggerate gender differences?" http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2014/01/07/do-cartoons-have-to-exaggerate-gender-difference/

"Gendercrunching DC Comics 1996 - 2011." http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/20/gendercrunching-dc-comics-1996-2011-by-tim-hanley/

"Fifty Years Before Boondocks There Was Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger." http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/08/13/_patty_jo_n_ginger_the_ground_breaking_african_american_cartoon_of_the_1940s.html

"Fightin' Femmes: Unmasking Female Superheroes with Author Mike Madrid." http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/fightin-femmes-unmasking-female-superheroes-with-comic-book-historian-mike-madrid/

"Jackie Ormes: The first female African American cartoonist." http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/innovators/jackie-ormes-first-female-african-american-cartoonist

"Jen Sorenson becomes first female winner of Herblock Prize for political cartooning." http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jen-sorensen-becomes-first-female-winner-of-herblock-prize-for-political-cartooning/2014/04/28/6ae96ec4-cf0f-11e3-937f-d3026234b51c_story.html

"Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female." http://comicsbeat.com/market-research-says-46-female-comic-fans/

"Meet the woman who's taking on the sexism of the comic book industry and winning." http://www.vox.com/2014/10/13/6961965/marvel-kelly-sue-deconnick-writer-carol-corps

"Nell Brinkley." http://cartoons.osu.edu/digital_albums/nellbrinkley/

"Suffrage Cartoons." https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/rightsforwomen/cartoons.html

"Where Are the Working Women in Cartoons?" http://www.newsarama.com/8388-pro-girls-pt-1-where-are-the-working-women-in-comics.html

"Women Who Conquered the Comics World." http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/women-who-conquered-the-comics-world/

Academic insights:

"Gender Differences in Comics." Trina Robbins. Image & Narrative. September 2002. http://www.imageandnarrative.be/inarchive/gender/trinarobbins.htm

"Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics." Hillary L. Chute. Columbia University Press. 2010. https://books.google.com/books?id=1Xc6QdyrQLAC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists, 1896 - 2013." Trina Robbins. Fantagraphics Books. 2013. http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/pretty-in-ink-north-american-women-cartoonists-1896-2013-3.html?vmcchk=1

"Working the Margins: Women in the Comic Book Industry." Wesley Chenault. Georgia State University. ScholarWorks. 2007. http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1009&context=wsi_theses

Topics in this Podcast: cartoons, comics, Art, Alison Bechdel