Women’s comics

An AP story from the 16th: “Pa. exhibit traces history of female comic artists” by Kevin Begos:

It took a war to let the country’s female comic book artists break character.

A new exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Toonseum is celebrating the history of female comic artists, including those who began laying the groundwork 100 years ago and the female artists of the 1940s, when World War II sent many male artists overseas.

(A familiar story: World War II opened up niches for women’s achievement that hadn’t been available before, as men were sent overseas or into other military units. Then after the war, the men came back, and women’s opportunities contracted again in many areas. But not all.)

A photo and its caption:

In this photo made on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, a display of books about women cartoonists and female characters in cartoons is part of an exhibit at the Toonseum in Pittsburgh that documents female comic artists over the last 70 years. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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