Women in Comics – Spotlight series!

About a month ago we decided to do a spotlight series on women working in comics.  Then things got busy for Dee (Supanova has a way of eating her life) and it got sadly put aside til she had time to breathe again.

That time is now here.  What a time it is, too!  With projects like Womanthology getting their full funding in less than 2 days time, and the concern (still) about female involvement in the DC relaunch, the interest in women working in comics is high.

We’ve put together a list of 63 creators (which I am sure will grow) who we will be featuring on the blog.  3-4 posts a week for however long it takes us.  Some of the names on the list are instantly recognisable, others are some only a few know.  Some work for the big two, others for the indies, and others self-publish.  There are webcomic creators and cartoonists on the list, colorists, inkers, pencillers and writers.  There are a few women who aren’t actively working in comics these days, but their contributions to the field over the the last 20+years have impacted us.

We like our list, but we know we’ve missed some people.  There’s no possible way we could have gotten everyone and in the lists of suggestions we did get, Dee likely missed a name or three.  We’re going to share what we have with you here, in hopes that you can tell us who it is we’ve missed and who we should add.  Here at Girls Read Comics Too, we’d love to see this as an ongoing project, and always have a creator or two on the list to feature.  At some point (likely once we finish with the first 63) we’ll start opening the list up to other creators that we love who treat women well – in how they write them, draw them, etc.  This isn’t meant to be exclusive or exclusionary, but at the same point after seeing so many comments lately saying things along the lines of ‘but how many women are there in comics anyway’ we felt something needed to be done.

So, feedback please! To add names to the list please email us at girlsreadcomicstoo@gmail.com or comment here.  We’re happy to hear any suggestions you might have.

  • Diana Nock
  • Marjorie M Liu
  • Jean Arrow
  • Jolene Houser
  • Madame M
  • Holly Golightly
  • Nei Ruffino
  • Katie Cook
  • Chrissie Zullo
  • Amy Reeder
  • Giz
  • Christina Strain
  • Emily Warren
  • Jo Chen
  • Rachel Pandich
  • Ashley Lanni
  • Carolyn Belefski
  • Faith Erin HIcks
  • Veronica Gandini
  • Laura Martin
  • Kate Beaton
  • Colleen Doran
  • Camilla d’Errico
  • June Brigman
  • Ming Doyle
  • Louise Simonsen
  • Fiona Staples
  • Stephanie Buscema
  • Renae De Liz
  • Nicola Scott
  • Kathryn Immonen
  • Jill Thompson
  • Stephanie Gladden
  • Cat Staggs
  • Devin Grayson
  • Tara Tallan
  • Hope Larson
  • Tory Woollcott
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Stephanie Lantry
  • Carrie Smith
  • Kelly Turnbull
  • Yasmin Liang
  • Rori
  • Pia Guerra
  • Megan Rose Gedris
  • Cassandra James
  • Laura Allred
  • Rachel Dodson
  • Adrianna Melo
  • Gail Simone
  • Abby Denson
  • Becky Cloonan
  • Lea Hernandez
  • Christine Norrie
  • Jan Van Meter
  • Chynna Clugston
  • Alison Bechdel
  • Serena Valentino
  • Emma Rios
  • April Reyna
  • Amanda Conner

About Dee

Officially a Canastralian. Longtime comic fan, and lover of the graphic medium. Grey up with the X-Men and Avengers, and moved to the world of DC and independents shortly after. Cosplayer, Costumer, and all around crafty person. Loves to travel and works her butt off for a number of conventions here in Oz.
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50 Responses to Women in Comics – Spotlight series!

  1. snott says:

    Paige Braddock – Jane’s World

  2. WOW! I’m on the radar!

  3. Erica says:

    Ivory Madison (Huntress Year One, Catwoman-Batman 80 page giant)
    http://www.redroom.com/author/ivory-madison

    Amanda McMurray(Marvel, DC, Aspen writer )
    http://mandykmcmurray.blogspot.com/

  4. Josh says:

    I think it’s supposed to be Ashley “Lanni”…

  5. These are in the webcomic field:

    Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots): http://www.gwscomic.com
    Gina Biggs (Red String): http://www.redstringcomic.com
    Adriana Blake (Fall on Me): http://www.littleteacup.net/fallonme/
    Yamino (aka Elena Barbarich) (Sister Claire): http://www.sisterclaire.com

    And finally, myself and Isabelle Melançon (Namesake): http://www.namesakecomic.com

    There’s a couple of folks I know who do comics alongside male artists: Danielle O’Brien with All New Issues (http://www.allnewissuescomic.com) and Kaja Foglio with Girl Genius (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com)

  6. wyatt_e says:

    Sarah Wilkinson http://www.sarahwilkinson.net/ @_SarahWilkinson
    Jennifer L Meyer http://www.jennifer-meyer.com/ @JenniferLMeyer
    Nikki Cook http://nikki-cook.blogspot.com/ @nikkicook

  7. Joamette Gil says:

    I would like to be added to the list. I make webcomics, organize local anthology projects, work alongside Jolene Houser, and will be writing for Katie Shanahan on Womanthology. I would also like to recommend the following ladies. =)

    Rachel Nabors
    http://rachelthegreat.com/

    Zoey Hogan
    http://hungryroots.smackjeeves.com/

    Megan Gedris
    http://rosalarian.tumblr.com/

  8. I would like to be added if my webcomic is good enough :D I am just starting out but I am planning big things with this comic =D

  9. JL Straw says:

    this is brilliant! great to see you highlighting women in comics. i recently wrote a note about the subject on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/TheInkPages/182996558396792?sk=notes#!/note.php?note_id=235364979826616

    and DeviantArt http://geek-girls.deviantart.com/blog/41805021/

    There’s only 2 names i know on that list and i was wondering how many of them are British creators?

    anyway, can’t wait to read more.

  10. Emily K Smith says:

    I don’t know if I count, having only just started out, but I have a couple of titles coming out with Gestalt Publishing and hope to have more available soon!

  11. Mary Bellamy says:

    I’ve been published with Antarctic Press, Slave Labor, Radio Comix etc and I also self – publish my own graphic novels and exhibit at SDCC.

    http://www.marybellamy.com

  12. Jon Hansen says:

    Marie Severin! No longer active in the field, but still.

  13. Eleri Hamilton says:

    Wendy Pini. She’s only been drawing Elfquest for what… 30 years now?

  14. Valia K. says:

    such a great blog and I’ve sent you a looooong email too !! XD

    ~v~

  15. Valia K. says:

    and here are some more suggestions:

    Sissy Pantelis (writer) http://gliovampire.deviantart.com

    Jennie Gyllblad http://www.jenniegyllblad.com

    Sara Dunkerton http://saradunkerton.blogspot.com

    Alexia Othonaiou http://www.alexiaothonaiou.com/Site/Alexia_Othonaiou.html

    Chandra Free http://spookychan.com

    Shaenon Garrity http://www.shaenon.com

    Emma Vieceli http://www.emmavieceli.com

    Sonia Leong http://www.fyredrake.net

    Kate Brown http://danse-macabre.nu/index.html

    and there are a few more of course, so I might add them later :D

  16. A couple you might consider adding:

    Tracy Butler, who does the awesome Lackadaisy (including this awesome beyond belief tutorial on cartooning facial expressions).

    And Trudy Cooper, who draws Platinum Grit and writes and draws the VERY pornographic, but VERY funny Oglaf.

  17. jaelithe says:

    Jennie Breeden of The Devil’s Panties – http://thedevilspanties.com/

  18. lolly says:

    Lynn Varley. She’s been a colorist since the 80’s and has worked on everything from Ronin, Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and even put up with Frank Miller’s attitude as his wife for a loooong time!

  19. Joamette Gil says:

    Gah! Forgot…

    Rachel Dukes
    http://www.poseurink.com/?page_id=246

    Chelsea Baker
    http://chelseathebaker.com/

    Princess Pupcake
    http://mymilkweed.wordpress.com/

    Sarah Elkins
    http://neilak20.deviantart.com/

    Amanda Lafrenais
    http://www.lovemenicecomic.com/

    The list is never-ending…

    GOOD! :)

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