Interviews: Liza Donnelly talks to Cartoon Movement

Published On April 24, 2013 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Interviews

Cartoonist Liza Donnelly, whose work has appeared regularly in the prestigious pages of the New Yorker as well as other publications like the Forbes site, is interviewed by Tjeerd Royaards at the 3rd International Cartoonists Festival in Caen for Cartoon Movement, discussing gender and cartooning:

Tjeerd: Why do you think there are so few women cartoonists?

Liza: I wrote a book titled Funny Ladies, which is about the history of cartoonists who are women in the New Yorker magazine. It spans from 1925 to the present, and there actually were women cartoonists in the first issue in 1925. So I’ve done a lot of research on that topic, and I have been involved with women cartoonists around the world as well. Reading about why there aren’t more women cartoonists, and also reading about humor and gender, I can say that it’s a complicated question. There isn’t one answer.

First of all, there have been very few role models for women to want to become a cartoonist. Secondly, women are often raised in a culture, American culture as well as other cultures, to not be funny. To be funny, to be the jokester or humorist, has traditionally been a man’s job. Also, women are raised in many cultures to be the peacemaker, to make everybody happy. And humor is often ridicule, poking fun at other people, even if it is a friendly and loving kind of poking. This is not something women have been raised to do.”

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(cartoon above by and (c) Liza Donnelly, borrowed from her site where you can check out many more of her works)


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