Redrawing the History of Wimmen’s Comix

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum Acquires Original Works from Wimmen’s Cartoonists Comics by women have a hard time breaking into comics history. Strip queens Edwina Dumm, Jackie Ormes and Rose O’Neill footnote the newspaper legacies of Winsor McCay and George Herriman. The Wimmen’s Comix movement during the 1970s underground too often serves as an apologetic corrective for R. Crumb and company’s misogyny, racism and homophobia. And, it seems, women cartoonists all but evacuate the comics scene at the critical moment in 1980s when Art Spiegelman starts to spin comics into literature in his Raw magazine, which infamously...

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