Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices Suggest Comics Companies Think Women's Work Is Worth Less

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 04:01 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and MariNaomi, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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Last time on Ladydrawers, MariNaomi and Anne Elizabeth Moore looked at around 30 of the most recent books from some of the biggest comic-book makers in the US to determine how rates of hire were breaking down by gender. And while the numbers are occasionally appalling (especially compared to the relatively high rate of women writers seeing their work published over in the literary world), a closer look tells a slightly different picture—although one that may strike you as no less appalling.

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MariNaomi is the San Francisco-based creator of the graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial) and the self-published Estrus Comics (est. 1998). Visit her website at

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.

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