Yesterday, I was a speaker at Library Con at the Petworth Neighborhood Library. It was a small, mostly family-oriented event but well-organized and fun. I am always going to be a fan of events that make comics — of all genres and styles — more accessible to more people.
I first saw Jacob Mazer of Animal Kingdom Publishing discuss his work and the anthology of comics, prose, poetry and criticism he edits. It’s still a young publication, but I definitely think there’s room in the world for more things like this, allowing comics to reach audiences they may not otherwise. Not everything in the second issue is to my tastes, but there is some thought-provoking work in it.
Then I saw Gareth Hinds, whose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet came out last year. He talked about always loving to draw as a child and comics ended up coming naturally to him. He worked in video games for a long time before quitting to create graphic novels full-time. He broke down his process for each book and I was interested to hear he changes techniques and styles for each specific book. He also spoke about the challenges of adapting classic literature.
After that, it was my turn. I talked about comics by women (what else?) and I think it went well for it being such a big topic. My concept was not to give history but offer up titles that people can buy right now. I had a good discussion with the attendees too.
I have reviewed some of these books and written more about some of these creators. You should be able to find what you need through the tags.
- Trina Robbins: Pretty In Ink
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel
- Gail Simone: Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja
- Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios: Pretty Deadly
- Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Brooke A. Allen: Lumberjanes
- Carla Speed McNeil: Finder
- Fiona Staples: Saga
Children and Young Adult Comics
- Raina Telgemeier: Smile, Drama, Sisters
- Faith Erin Hicks: The War at Ellsmere, Friends With Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl
- Hope Larson: Chiggers, A Wrinkle in Time
- Jennifer Holm: Babymouse
- Alison Bechdel: Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
- Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis
- Mari Naomi: Kiss and Tell, Dragon’s Breath
- Ellen Forney: Marbles
- Ulli Lust: Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
- Nicole J. Georges: Calling Dr. Laura
- Kyoko Okazaki: Pink, Helter Skelter
- Moto Hagio: A Drunken Dream, The Heart of Thomas
- Takako Shimura: Wandering Son
- Moyoco Anno: In Clothes Called Fat, Insufficient Direction
UK, Europe and Around the World
- Mary Talbot: The Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, Sally Heathcoate: Suffragette
- Isabel Greenberg: Encyclopedia of Early Earth
- Julie Maroh: Blue is the Warmest Color
- Marguerite Abouet: Aya series
- Rutu Modan: Exit Wounds, The Property
- Molly Ostertag: Strong Female Protagonist
- Allie Brosh: Hyperbole and a Half
- Meredith Gran: Octopus Pie
- Kate Beaton: Hark! A Vagrant
- Danielle Corsetto: Girls with Slingshots
- Kate Leth: Kate or Die!
Minicomics & cutting-edge creators
Top Picks of Comics by Women for 2014
- Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
- How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
- Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly
- Over Easy by Mimi Pond
- This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
- Through the Woods by Emily Carroll