A Century of Women Cartoonists

by Trina Robbins | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0878162003 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/15/2005
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 15, 2005
I found this overview/anthology in a local consignment shop, at a can't-resist-it price. The cartoons, comic strips, and excerpts from graphic novels included here cover a wide range of social change as well as of style and genre. From "The Fortunes of Flossie" (1927!) to "Dykes to Watch Out For," the book contains some excellent - and entertaining - cartoons. Author Robbins comments on many of the artists and the trends that their work illustrates, but the majority of the book is taken up by the illustrations themselves. A very nice collection.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 09, 2005
I'm sending this out on a bookray. Bookray instructions:

When you receive the book, please journal it, and PM the next person in line for their address so you'll have it ready when you've finished the book.
Note: even if you've sent books to that person before, please PM them before mailing this one, to confirm that the address is correct and that they're able to take on a bookring book at this time.
Try and read the book promptly - ideally, within a month of receiving it. (If you expect to take longer, you can request to be put at the end of the list. If you find you're swamped with other books when the person before you contacts you about the bookring, you can ask to be skipped, and then let me know whether you'd like to be moved down the list or dropped entirely. If you receive the book and find it's taking longer than you'd planned to get through it, I'd appreciate an update in its journal entries or on your profile, just to let me and the other participants know you haven't forgotten it.)

When you're ready to pass the book along, please make another journal entry containing your comments about the book and stating where you've sent it, and set the book's status code to "traveling". [If you find that you're having problems contacting the next person in line, or don't think you can manage to mail the book as originally agreed, please let me know; I'll be glad to try to work something out.]


Participants, in mailing order:

mysteryfan03 [MO]
[asked to be dropped] syrinpt [Portugal]
eicuthbertson [Canada]
AnnaLibrarian [WA]
Gullinaarr [CA]
caligula03 [CA]
[no response - skipped ] gothamgal [OH]
icekween01 [MO]
MollyGrue [WA]
kayote [IL]

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Controlled release:

The book's on its way to mysteryfan03 in MO, to kick off the bookray; hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 4 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Got this in the mail today! It looks very interesting, but I will try and finish the book that I am reading before I get into this one! Thanks Gorydetails!

Note 4/12--I just realized that I never re-journaled this book before I sent it on! Sorry about that! I loved the book and looked several of the cartoonists and zines up on the web. Thanks so much for sharing this Gorydetails!

Journal Entry 5 by eicuthbertson from Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Just received from Missouri & such good timing. I'm having a particularly frustrating day & will look forward to reading this!

Journal Entry 6 by eicuthbertson from Burnaby, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Great Book! Lots here about women cartoonists, attitudes towards them, & lots of cartoons.
Mostly U.S.ian cartoonists, but lots of variety...
...could use someone a bit like "Aunt Violet" up here, wonder if she'd like to visit?
This book's off to AnnaLibrarian in Washington, U.S.A. today.

Journal Entry 7 by AnnaLibrarian from Richmond, Virginia USA on Wednesday, April 27, 2005
w00t! When it rains, it pours. I'll read this and pass it along as soon as I can. Thanks! (and thanks to eicuthbertson for the Vancouver Public Library swag!)

Journal Entry 8 by AnnaLibrarian from Richmond, Virginia USA on Friday, May 27, 2005
I really wanted to read this, but I was having trouble getting into it. Too many unfamiliar names to keep straight and too many distractions to keep me from following the chronology. I'm passing it along un-finished because I've had it for too long already. Thanks for making it available, GoryDetails!

Journal Entry 9 by Gullinaarr from Loveland, Colorado USA on Friday, June 03, 2005
Just got this book from annalibrarian. I'll start reading it tonight.

Journal Entry 10 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Friday, June 17, 2005
Wow! This book looks fabulous!!!

Journal Entry 11 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Monday, July 11, 2005
The comics are the best part of the book. I wish there was more substance to the text. I feel I haven't learned all the much about the artists behind the comics. The ending chapter on the current (as of 1992) state of women in the industry was interesting. I did a quick survey of men and women currently doing comic strips and of the group I looked at, men seem to out number women 6 to 1.

Journal Entry 12 by caligula03 from Hayward, California USA on Tuesday, July 19, 2005
I'm still waiting for a reply from gothamgal. If I don't hear in from her in another week, then I'll mail the book to icekween01. I already have icekween01's address.

Journal Entry 13 by caligula03 at on Monday, July 25, 2005

Released 15 yrs ago (8/16/2005 UTC) at



Mailing to icekween01.

Released 15 yrs ago (10/19/2005 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA



This book was awesome! I was disappointed but not surprised that some of these women's more controversial works were rejected from being published while their male counterparts works that were just as controversial were not. Big surprise...(heavy sarcasm) I will be sending this on to the next bookcrosser on the list.

Thanks so much for sharing your book!

Happy Bookcrossing!

Journal Entry 15 by MollyGrue from Tacoma, Washington USA on Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Received today. :) I look forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 16 by MollyGrue from Tacoma, Washington USA on Thursday, April 06, 2006
I had no idea that so many women participated in the comics industry. And it is kind of sad that they are driven underground now. The illustrations were great, but sometimes interefered with my reading of the text and slowed me down because I would read the text for the chapter, then go back and look at the illustrations. :) Thanks for including me!

Reserved for the next reader.

DC# 03041070000256435488

Journal Entry 17 by MollyGrue at in the mail in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, April 22, 2006

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Happy Reading!

Journal Entry 18 by wingkayotewing from Champaign, Illinois USA on Sunday, May 07, 2006
This arrived! Yay! I've been looking forward to reading this for a while. Going to be a bit still, though (:( ), as I just got my arm out of a sling & have to catch up on yard & house before I can goof off too much. Grass doesn't quit growing even if you can't mow. :P

More when I can do more than just flip through it. Looks interesting, though, from the pages I've skimmed. :)

Journal Entry 19 by wingkayotewing at Urbana, Illinois USA on Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Oh, good. I thought for a moment I'd stopped a bookring on accident, but apparently I was the last one. *whew* I'm pretty sure I started it a long time ago then it got shuffled onto a shelf (or into a box when I lost bookshelves so kid's books could go somewhere!)

It was interesting. I don't know that much about the early days of comics, so that was all new and different to me. I liked there were lots of examples, because I enjoy reading comics.:) Overall I found it interesting and I learned some stuff. I think the later was heavily into the indy comics and glossed over those that were in the newspapers--I wonder how much of that was the editor's bias, and how much was equivalent was just not known about earlier eras.

The discussion of the state of the comic book comics was unsurprising, and somewhat depressing. I really enjoy comics, and comic books, but have no interest in the current crop of "super" (anti) heroes and nothing but violence and occasional cleavage. I will take heart that when comics had more variety women had more place in the industry, and hope that either side of that equation changes so the other one will, too!

Journal Entry 20 by wingkayotewing at Urbana, Illinois USA on Saturday, July 08, 2017
Set it out in a free box when the neighbor had a garage sale. Seemed a good way to wild release some books.


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