Lady Time in the Graphic Novel Section
A staff member of 112th street has taken the time to thoughtfully construct a display of graphic novels all around the theme of women. They are stories written by women, but aren’t memoirs, or have main characters who are strong females. Empowering women are often left out of the graphic novel conversation. We aim to bring ladies closer to the genre by creating a space where women are the focus, but not the object. These volumes are far too easy to look over on the shelves. There are novels which may seem obvious to the theme, like Are You My Mother by Alison Bechel and Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge. The former deals with the struggles that young artists encounter when trying to make their parents proud, while the latter is the biography of Margaret Sanger and depicts her strength in a new light. But there are also other stories that capture what it means to be a woman, like Kiki de Montparnasse by Jose-Luis Bocquet. In any case, we hope to bring the attention on to the female story, but away from the stereotype of women in graphic novels. We think the display succeeds in creating an interesting dynamic of what a woman is and means to the world of literature, cartooning, and creating in a more general sense.