(New York, NY) The March installment of Friends of Lulu-New York
's successful “Women and Comics” series will take a look at the world of syndicated comic strips with “ Six Chix
” cartoonist Isabella Bannerman. The program will take place on March 12, 2002 starting at 7 PM PM at Bluestockings
women's bookstore and café, 172 Allen Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Isabella Bannerman had her first cartoon printed in the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 1987. She has also worked as a set painter and a freelance animator for companies such as MTV and Nickelodeon, before turning to cartooning. Her work has appeared in The Funny Times, The New York Times, World War 3 Illustrated and Girl Talk. A book of her cartoons, Pacifists in Bomber Jackets, was published in 1998 by Laughlines Press. Six Chix is a daily comic strip by and about women that started in 2000. It is syndicated by King Features and edited by Jay Kennedy. Isabella will be showing examples of her work (which appears Mondays) as well as strips from Margaret Shulock (Tuesdays), Rina Piccolo (Wednesdays), Ann Telnaes (Thursdays), Kathryn LeMieux (Fridays), and Stephanie Piro (Saturdays).
The “Women and Comics” discussions have so far featured DC Comics editor Joan Hilty, and writers Jennifer Moore and Abby Denson. The series is designed to showcase the wide variety of women working in all aspects of comic books and comic strips to interested female readers in a positive, women-focused environment. The discussions take place on the second Tuesday of each month throughout 2002.
Future discussions will feature Jane Fisher (whose comic WJHC
was part of the Ms. Foundation's merchandise line for Take Our Daughters to Work Day
2001); Oxygen.com artist Phoebe Gloeckner
(debuting her graphic novel “The Diary of a Teenaged Girl”
; comics pioneer Hilda Terry
, who broke the gender barrier
at the National Cartoonists Society in 1947; and science fiction author Rachel Pollack, creator/writer of Time Breakers, who has also written Tomahawk, Doom Patrol and New Gods for DC Comics. Also on tap for discussions later in the year are such comics luminaries as Colleen Doran
and Amanda Conner
The “Women in Comics” series is also supported by the New York Comic Book Museum
, which will be conducting interviews with series discussion leaders as part of their year-long examination of Women in Comics. Friends of Lulu
is a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry. More information on the New York chapter's activities can be found at www.friends-lulu-nyc.org
.For Further Information, Contact: Scott Epstein (212-534-8654)