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Why Are Women and Transgender Comic Creators Getting Less of the Pie?

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:07 By Nicole Boyett and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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LadydrawersAs promised, this month and next, we'll have two strips that present new findings on who is being published in comics and who isn't. If you've followed these debates, you'll know that two big charges follow all number-crunching on gender in media: that women don't make work as often as men, and that women don't submit work to publishers at the same rates as men. We kill both arguments dead in this strip, by Nicole Boyett and Anne Elizabeth Moore, which shows that men make up only 54 percent of comics creators, and submit work at approximately the same rates as women. But trans, gender queer and non-binary gender folk still get the smallest slice of the pie.


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Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library, a Fulbright scholar, and the author of several award-winning non-fiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press, 2007) and Cambodian Grrrl (2011). Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct Punk Planet and the founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She contributes criticism to The New Inquiry, The Baffler, N+1p and many others and writes a monthly comic strip for Truthout called Ladydrawers on gender, labor, and culture. Her latest book from Cantankerous Titles, New Girl Law, was called “A post-empirical, proto-fourth-wave feminist memoir” by Bust Magazine.

Nicole Boyett

Nicole Boyett is a comics and fiber artist prone to screen printing, research and crazed collaboration. Split between Seattle and Chicago, she makes work about everything from American sex-ed to interstellar piracy. You can find her on Twitter @indeliblenic, or check out her recent fiber work here.

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