F161. Graphic Women: The Evolution of Literary Comics

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


“The graphic novel is a man’s world, by and large,” wrote Charles McGrath in a New York Times Magazine cover story in 2004. He was right—in a way. Most successful graphic artists and writers were men, and the comics industry today remains exceedingly male-dominated. So what happens when women write and draw in a medium that has represented them so poorly? Four female artists and writers explore how the exclusionary landscape of American comics is changing.



Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film editor of TriQuarterly magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Oxford American, Guernica, and many other places.

Danica Novgorodoff is an artist, writer, and graphic novelist. Her graphic novels include The Undertaking of Lily Chen, Refresh Refresh, Slow Storm, and A Late Freeze.

Mira Jacob is the author of the novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the APALA, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, The Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions.

Amy Kurzweil is the author of Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir. Her cartoons appear in The New Yorker, and her comics and writing have been published by The Toast, The Awl, Hobart, Shenandoah, Blackbird, and elsewhere. She teaches writing and comics at Parsons and F.I.T. in Manhattan.


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