Women in Media - They're Not Only Missing From Comics

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 09:09 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Mickey Zacchilli, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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For the last six months, Ladydrawers (catch up on the previous strips here) has been tracking gender disparity in both the content and hired labor pool of comics. As an art form that is also a form of media—and a popular, growing industry—it's offered a way to look at how labor policies, written or unwritten, affect the aesthetics and the information available in the form. What's unique about comics, however, as opposed to most other forms of media or art, is that they're supposed to be a place to recreate language. Comics are a form of communication reinvented by each new creator, maybe in each new strip.

A medium that constantly reinvents itself? That's only about a hundred years old? How could it possibly adhere to age-old notions of gender traditionalism? Pretty well, as we've seen. Which makes statistics for women working in other media—like this one, the first of a pair by Mickey Zacchilli—that much more profound.

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Mickey Zacchilli

Mickey Zacchilli lives in Providence, RI and was born in 1983.

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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