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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

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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Ladydrawers

Mickey Zacchilli

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

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She has held Fulbright scholarships and was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial and solo shows at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times, among others, and currently lives in Chicago.

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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

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.

Click here or on the comic below to open it in a new window and click again to zoom in.
Ladydrawers

Mickey Zacchilli

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

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She has held Fulbright scholarships and was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial and solo shows at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times, among others, and currently lives in Chicago.

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The Gender of Media Creators Affects What We See
By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Mickey Zacchilli, Truthout | Graphic Journalism

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