Trina Robbins, Mary Wings, Heather Plunkett, Isis Rodriguez, and moderator Maureen Burdock speak at California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 10am – 12pm!
This roundtable conversation will delve into San Francisco’s underground and wimmin’s comix herstory. Through the lens of visionaries Trina Robbins and Mary Wings, two of the founding mothers of this movement, and through discussion with Cartoon Art Museum bookseller Heather Plunkett and contemporary graphic novelist Maureen Burdock, we will explore how women cartoonists have established this genre of politically engaged sequential art, how the field and community have changed over the past four decades, and how we might imagine and help shape the future of women in comics.
Maureen Burdock is an award-winning artist and graphic novelist. Born in Germany’s Black Forest in 1970, during the Cold War Era, Burdock has consistently made art that reflects her passionate political consciousness and incorporates magical realist elements inspired by the fairy tales and fables she grew up with. She recently moved to San Francisco from New Mexico to pursue a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies at CCA. Burdock brought the UK-based Laydeez Do Comics Forum to San Francisco, where she and Heather Plunkett and the Cartoon Art Museum host cartoonists who present and discuss work with an emphasis on women creators, autobiographical comics, social issues-based comics, and the like.
Women in Comix Speakers
Writer and herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing and drawing comics since before she produced the first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe, in 1970. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmen’s Comix, the longest-running all-woman anthology comic book (1972 – 1992). In her collections and herstories she has brought back to public attention such previously forgotten women cartoonists as Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, and Lily Renee. She also writes award-winning graphic novels for young readers and books about women: women who draw comics, women who kill, women from Ireland, women who happen to be goddesses. She lives in a 108-year-old house in San Francisco, California.
Mary Wings is an American writer, artist, and musician. In 1973, she made history by releasing Come Out Comix, the first lesbian underground comic book. She is best known for her series of detective novels featuring lesbian heroine Emma Victor. Divine Victim, Wings’ only Gothic novel, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery in 1993. Wings, an open lesbian, resides in San Francisco.
Heather Plunkett studied art history and fine art at the University of Arkansas. She has been a lifelong comics and cartoon geek who learned to read with the Peanuts comic strips. Plunkett has worked as a bookseller for the past 15 years and is now the bookstore manager for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, where she hosts Laydeez Do Comics gatherings among other book signings and releases.
When Isis Rodriguez was a little girl, she copied Hannah-Barbara, Warner Bros., and Disney, making sure to get their proportions just right. She considers this practice to be her first lessons in art. She was born in Los Angeles California and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting in 1988 from the University of Kansas. In 1997, she had her first solo show at Galeria de la Raza, called “My Life as a Comic Stripper”, using the editorial comic strip format to comment on the rewards and consequences of Exotic Dancing. This show caught the attention of Bay Area Now II, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where she was selected as “one of San Francisco’s promising artists”. In 2003, she won The Individual Arts Commission Grant of San Francisco to produce her animation short, “The ReAwakening,” and won “The Media Arts Awards” in San Jose California for best animation. Now a contemporary cartoonist, Isis travels frequently to Mexico to work on her newest project, called ”Niñají Comic,” a comic that celebrates Indigenous values for a modern world.”
California College of the Arts
1111 Eight Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Trina Robbins, Ramona Fradon, Mary Fleener, and Carol Lay appear at the Women’s Museum of California on Thursday, July 18th at 7:30 PM for a panel discussion of their experiences of working in the comic industry, followed by a signing of Robbins’s upcoming collection Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013! This is part of the museum’s current Wonder Women: On Paper and Off exhibit which explores the avenues women have made in the comic and graphic industry. This exhibition follows the history of women in comics starting in the 20th century — as artists and characters — through today’s cartoon and graphic illustrations.
Women’s Museum of California
2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego, CA 92106
The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes writer and herstorian Trina Robbins as she discusses her latest graphic novel, Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm. This historic volume, illustrated by Trina’s frequent collaborator Anne Timmons and mo oh, is published by Graphic Universe™, a division of Lerner Publishing Group. Robbins’s lecture and booksigning are free and open to the public.
About Lily Renée:
In 1938, Lily Renée Wilheim is a 14-year-old Jewish girl living in Vienna. Her days are filled with art and ballet. Then the Nazis march into Austria, and Lily’s life is shattered overnight. Suddenly, her own country is no longer safe for her or her family. To survive, Lily leaves her parents behind and travels alone to England. Escaping the Nazis is only the start of Lily’s journey. She must escape many more times—from servitude, hardship, and danger. Will she find a way to have her own sort of revenge on the Nazis?
In Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer, written by Trina Robbins, illustrated by Anne Timmons and mo oh, and published by Graphic Universe™, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, readers can follow the story of a brave girl who grows up to become an artist of heroes and a true pioneer in comic books who still serves as an inspiration for women in the comic book industry today.
About the Author:
Trina Robbins is the author of numerous nonfiction and fiction books and comics for children and adults, including several histories of women cartoonists. A pioneer in comics herself, she took part in the underground comix movement of the 1960s and illustrated the Woman Woman comic book. Most recently, she authored the Chicagoland Detective Agency graphic novel series. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, comics artist Steve Leialoha.
About the Artists:
Anne Timmons was born in Portland, Oregon, and received her BFA from Oregon State University. In addition to her collaboration with Trina Robbins on the Lulu Award-winning GoGirl!, Anne’s work includes the Eisner-nominated Dignifying Science, as well as Pigling: A Cinderella Story.
mo oh likes to draw. She also likes to read, bake, eat (mostly eat), make plants grow (mainly for eating), and sit in the sun. She recently graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont with an MFA in cartooning and works occasionally as a sketch/concept artist for a small game company. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
About the Publisher:
Graphic Universe™, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, creates high-interest fiction and nonfiction titles through supreme graphic novel artwork and story lines created by experienced artists of this genre. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers with thirteen imprints and divisions. For more information, visit www.lernerbooks.com or call 800-328-4929
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Trina Robbins appears on Friday, August 26th at 7pm
Please join us for an evening with Trina Robbins and the FIRST female drawn and written comics superheroine, Miss Fury! Eisner and Harvey nominated writer and herstorian Trina Robbins will sign copies of Miss Fury and present a slideshow on the life and history of Tarpé Mills, the lady writer and artist.
Robbins is a long time writer and artist in the comics world, contributing as a cartoonist to 70s San Francisco undergrounds like Wimmen’s Comix, and as a writer, where her work stretches from mainstream titles like Xena and Wonder Woman, to all-ages collections like Chicagoland Detective Agency, and editorial work which includes Fantagraphics‘ beautiful Brinkley Girls collection.
Escapist Comic Bookstore
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705
Trina Robbins appears on Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 7:30pm
Tickets $10 member, $20 non-member
(admission includes a signed limited edition print by Trina Robbins)
Limited seating advance purchase required Click Here for tickets
Join the ToonSeum in welcoming acclaimed writer, artist and herstorian Trina Robbins as she discusses her career and the history of women in comics, including the latest ToonSeum exhibit, Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick.
For over 30 years, Robbins has been writing comics and graphic novels, translating shojo manga, lecturing, and offering her unique and insightful criticism on comics and culture. Robbins became a key figure in the underground comix scene in the 1970′s, publishing the all-women It Ain’t Me, Babe and Wimmen’s Comix magazines. Robbins has drawn Wonder Woman, published volumes of influential books and essays, and created the popular Go Girl! series with Anne Timmons.
Robbins, a long time fan of Dale Messick, considers the artist to be one of the most important cartoonists of the twentieth century. “Dale Messick’s work is extremely significant to women cartoonists, and to women in general,” Robbins has said. “Brenda Starr was incredibly popular and well drawn, yet Dale was not accepted in the male world of cartoonists. Both she and Brenda persevered.”
Messick, who died in 2005 at the age of 98, wrote and drew Brenda Starr for over 40 years before handing the strip over to understudy Ramona Fradon with the insistence that the strip would continue to be produced exclusively by women.
This event will be the final chance to see the Brenda Starr: The Art of Dale Messick exhibit. Ms. Robbins will conclude the lecture with a Q&A and book signing.
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
“The Cresting Wave: San Francisco Underground Comix Experience”
July 10 — August 22, 2009
Artists Reception 6-8 pm, Friday July 10th
130 8th Street
San Francisco, CA
415 626 5496
Electric Works is pleased to present “The Cresting Wave: The San Francisco Underground Comix Experience,” a group exhibition featuring Underground Comix artists from San Francisco, from the mid-’60′s to the late ’80′s. Artists included are Mark Bode, Vaughn Bode, Guy Colwell, R. Crumb, Jay Kinney, Paul Mavrides, Dan O’Neill, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Larry Todd, Randy Vogel, and S. Clay Wilson. Culling work from private collectors and the artists themselves, guest curator, Underground Comix writer, publisher and historian, Dan Fogel, has amassed important work from each artist that spans personal drawings, well-known comix pieces, including covers and original comps, as well as other rare ephemera from the heyday of the San Francisco scene.
San Francisco was the birthplace of the Underground Comix scene in the mid 1960′s: nowhere else on the planet was there such an concentration of talent, vision, and production. In a relatively short time, the artists who coalesced in the Bay Area changed the face of popular culture forever. Taking on issues of politics, race, sexuality, drugs, the counterculture of the time, and intellectual property, these artists were able to push the bounds of propriety, “decency” and imagery more drastically than in any other medium of the era.
Complementing the robust gallery show, Electric Works will feature many other important pieces by the artist which will be available for viewing during the course of the exhibition in our flat files. In addition, Electric Works will be publishing limited edition prints, mini-prints, and a collaborative “jam” print featuring many of the artists in the exhibition, proceeds of which will benefit the S. Clay Wilson Special Needs Trust, benefiting their friend, who is recovering from serious injuries.
” Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime . . . the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run . . . but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant. . . . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, 1971.