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A Book Event Celebrating Women Artists in Comic Books

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As part of their third Thursday program, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will be hosting author Trina Robbins. She will be on hand discussing her new book Pretty in Ink. It is a revised, updated, and rewritten history of North American women cartoonists, covering the period between 1896 and 2013, and uncovering starling new information many comic readers may not know about the field of comics, which of course was male-dominated.

One of those information from the book include how American women were entering the comic field, beginning with the 1896 publication of Rose O’Neill’s comic strip The Old Subscriber Calls inside the late 19th century weekly magazine Truth. Also included are new photos and correspondence from cartoonists Ethel Hays and Edwina Dumm, as well as the true story of Golden Age comic book artist Lily Renee, best known for her work in various comics including Senorita Rio and Abbott and Costello.

In a little information about the author, Trina Robbins has written and recorded the accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists for around thirty years. She has written comics and books including Chicagoland and Lily Renee, and was the editor of the reprinting of Miss Fury. Robbins will also be on hand in signing copies of her new book. The event begins this Thursday at 5pm. Log on to for more information.


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