Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame inductee Trina Robbins chronicles a life of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and comics — in Last Girl Standing. Join us on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30 PM at Pegasus Books Downtown for the official launch and book signing of this hotly anticipated illustrated memoir.
About Last Girl Standing:
Born on the cusp of WWII in 1938, at a time when other little girls dreamed of being nurses and secretaries, Trina Robbins’s ambition was to be a bohemian; and indeed she did. She chronicles a life of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — and comics — in Last Girl Standing.
Robbins describes her upbringing in Queens, New York, reading comics through her childhood in the 1940s; visiting the EC offices and becoming part of SF fandom (dating Harlan Ellison at age 16); and posing nude for men’s magazines in the 1950s; living in the Village, over her own boutique where she made clothes for and interacted with rock royalty like David Crosby, Donovan, Cass Elliot; her close relationship with Paul Williams; entering the orbit of underground cartoonists like Art Spiegelman, R. Crumb, Vaughn Bodé, and Bill Griffith, when she started contributing comics to The East Village Other; and, in the ’70s, moving to San Francisco, contending with the phallocentric underground scene, co-founding Wimmen’s Comix, and being invited into Felch Comics (she declined); her work for the National Lampoon, Marvel Comics, and Eclipse in the 1980s; and her crisis as a cartoonist and transformation into an historian and lecturer in the ’90s and 2000s.
From science fiction to the Sunset Strip, from New York’s underground newspapers to San Francisco’s underground comix: Trina Robbins broke the rules and broke the law. From dressing Mama Cass to being pelted with jelly babies as she helped photograph the Rolling Stones’ first US tour, from drunken New York nights spent with Jim Morrison to producing the very first all-woman comic book, this former Lady of the Canyon takes no prisoners in this heavily illustrated memoir.
About the Author:
Trina Robbins produced the first all-women-created comic It Ain’t Me Babe, in 1970, and co-founded the Wimmen’s Comix collective. Robbins has been published by Marvel, DC, Kitchen Sink Press, and Image. Her non-fiction scholarly writing, such as the 2013 release Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1893–2013 (Fantagraphics Books) reintroduced the public to important, long-forgotten female artists. As a special guest at the 1977 San Diego Comic-Con, Robbins was given the Inkpot Award. She was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in a moldering, 100+-year-old house in San Francisco with her cats, shoes, and dust bunnies.
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