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Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection

April 26 – September 21, 2014



Reception with Curator led tour, Thursday, July 31st from 6pm to 8pm

Curator led tour will begin at 6:30pm

The reception is free and open to the public.

The Cartoon Art Museum proudly presents Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, featuring highlights from the personal archives of legendary comics herstorian Trina Robbins. 

Pretty In Ink, published by Fantagraphics Books, is a revised, updated and rewritten history of North-American women cartoonists, building upon previous award-winning histories written by Robbins.  The Cartoon Art Museum’s retrospective of the same name has been assembled from Robbins’s own archives, and features many of the top women cartoonists from the early 20th century, including Ethel Hays, Edwina Dumm, Nell Brinkley, Ramona Fradon, and Lily Renée.  Original artwork, rare photographs, and other memorabilia will be included in this historic retrospective.

Details regarding the opening reception and booksigning will be announced soon.

About Pretty In Ink:

With the 1896 publication of Rose O’Neill’s comic strip The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine, American women entered the field of comics, and they never left it.  But, you might not know that reading most of the comics histories out there.  Trina Robbins has spent the last thirty years recording the accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists, and Pretty In Ink is her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries (such as a Native American woman cartoonist from the 1940s who was also a Corporal in the women’s army, and the revelation that a cartoonist included in all of Robbins’s previous histories was a man!).  In the pages of Pretty in Ink you’ll find new photos and correspondence from cartoonists Ethel Hays and Edwina Dumm, and the true story of Golden Age comic book star Lily Renee, as intriguing as the comics she drew.  Although the comics profession was dominated by men, there were far more women working in the profession throughout the 20th century than other histories indicate, and they have flourished in the 21st.  Robbins not only documents the increasing relevance of women throughout the 20th century, with mainstream creators such as Ramona Fradon and Dale Messick and alternative cartoonists such as Lynda Barry, Carol Tyler, and Phoebe Gloeckner, but the latest generation of women cartoonists — Megan Kelso, Cathy Malkasian, Linda Medley, and Lilli Carré, among many others. Robbins is the preeminent historian of women comic artists; forget her previous histories: Pretty in Ink is her most comprehensive volume to date.


Comment from Ladybelle Fiske McFarlin
Time May 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Thanks Trina, for helping make Barbara Hall, my mother and a great artist of the Golden Age, famous!

Comment from Stevanne Auerbach
Time June 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Great to see this show of Trina’s and her staunch support of other female cartoonists which has historic, social, creative and political importance

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