Comic Books for Women

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Robin Brenner has an excellent article over at EarlyWord about stocking comic books aimed at women at libraries.  She includes a great list of must have comics including:

  • Kizuna by Kazuma Kadoka
  • Comic Book Tattoo by Tori Amos
  • Tramps Like Us by Yayoi Ogawa
  • All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I’ve read both Fun Home and Persepolis and agree they’re must reads for women and men alike.  Have any of you read some of the others?  What do you think?  Sound off in the comments.

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  • I tend to view Fun Home and Persepolis as good comics for people who don’t read comics. But yes, “people” does include women.

    I know some people tend to rant that the way to get women to read comics is just to make good ones because women are people and people like good comics etc. And I definitely do think there’s something limiting with the idea that women only like pink and sparkly.

    But at the same time, some women do like pink and sparkly. Plenty of women go to see romantic comedies. Do all women like romantic comedies? No. But there’s nothing wrong with the ones that do.

    I guess I like the idea of the comics on this list because they’re interesting comics in their own right but they happen to be focused more on women, or by women.

    (I think one of the ways to solve this issue is for everyone to stop thinking of comics as a genre and begin thinking about it as a medium. Some people like art films, some people like action movies. Some people like sitcoms, some people like crime dramas. Plenty of people like a little of each. If the concept of “comics” is expanded then issues of what “women” or “men” like becomes a little bit more irrelevant and we can just get into what certain people — male or female — may like.)