Graphic Evidence of Inequality

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 06:42 By MariNaomi and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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In the last installment of Ladydrawers we looked at some statistics culled from some recently published comics - all from last spring! - that painted a pretty dire overall picture of one form of media. This time, though, we get a little more specific: Anne Elizabeth Moore and MariNaomi break down the numbers by publishers. Who is publishing female creators and who is not? We also break this into estimated page counts and average out the MSRP attributable to women creators - just so  we can start to imagine how much labor, and what income, might be coming their way.

But tune in two weeks when we break it down even further: We'll compare the below to a few raw numbers. As always, Ladydrawers, a semimonthly comics collaboration, might surprise you.

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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.


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

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