Lady Time in the Graphic Novel Section

November 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm 2 comments

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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.

What It Is What it is by Lynda Barry

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword Hereville by Barry Deutsch

My Dirty Dumb Eyes My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt

Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir about Being a John Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John by Chester Brown

Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons Flannery O’Connor The Cartoons

Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology (the New 52) Batwoman Vol. I by J.H. Williams III & W. Hayden Blackman, Illustrated by Amy Reeder

Kiki de Montparnasse Kiki De Montparnasse by Jose-Luis Bocquet Illustrated by Catel

Make Me a Woman Make Me a Woman by Vanessa Davis

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by: Alison Bechdel




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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. R A Jones  |  November 25, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Also good – “The Property” by Rutu Modan. The two main characters are a grandmother and granddaughter, both strong personalities.

    • 2. bookcultureblog  |  November 30, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Thanks for the great suggestion, R A Jones.


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