Magazine article Herizons

From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Comics from Teens to Zines

Magazine article Herizons

From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Comics from Teens to Zines

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CHRONICLE BOOKS

From Girls to Grrrlz is an encyclopedia of `girl comic history, from Betty and Veronica to Hothead Paisan. This book is a real find for fanatics and collectors and a perfect light read to boot. Trina Robbins is a smooth writer. The volume of comic trivia she offers here might overwhelm the reader in lesser hands but Robbins deftly weaves her love of this genre through a text somewhat overladen with publication dates and titles.

Robbins has been writing and drawing comics since 1966. She is an unabashed admirer of every hourglass shaped icon of the `girl comic' genre as they were the first created to speak to the female experience, despite being drawn chiefly by men. She regards them as two-dimensional trailblazers for the female characters and artists who have come since.

Though Robbins offers some analysis of the changing circumstances for women (and girl comics) during the last century, it primarily takes the form of historical notation. …

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