I’ve been reading lots more graphic novels lately, and a lot more about graphic novels. This is mostly due to my duties at work, which include selecting graphic novels for the adult and teen collections.
But some of it is natural interest. The format encompasses a lot more stories than stereotypical superhero fare, and I’m finding characters that interest me. The art of graphic novels can be any style, and I’m discovering what appeals to me.
I was delighted this week to discover three articles that curated lists of feminist or female driven graphic novels and comics.
- Kick-Ass Female Ensembles in Graphic Novels at Book Riot
- Comics that Smash the Patriarchy at BuzzFeed
- Reading List: A Guide to 15 Feminist Comics at Comic Book Resources
I’ve ordered several of the newer titles for the library this week.
And I’ve added even more to my to-read list. The Comic Book Resources list is the most comprehensive, and there’s some overlap between all three. But they were all helpful in introducing me to new titles and older ones I may have overlooked, though I was familiar without about half.
If you (like me) grew up thinking comics were a “guy thing” and that you wouldn’t be interested in them, or you’re turned off by some of the “tits and ass” comics and the way they represent women, check out these lists.