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The Inking Woman, Edited by Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate, Myriad Editions Comics and cartooning have often been labelled something of a boy’s club, both in terms of creators and most of the readership, and...

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Reviews: exotica and espionage in Mata Hari #1

February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mata Hari #1, Emma Beeby, Ariela Kristantina, Pat Masioni, Berger Books / Dark Horse “A harlot? Yes, but a traitor, never!” Margaretha Geertruida Zell-MacLeod, better known to history as Mata Hari. Well before the new...

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Happy International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

For International Women’s Day – from the 1950s Eagle and the wonderful Dan Dare strip by Frank Hampson et al, Professor Jocelyn Peabody, the academic brains of the gang (way smarter than the boys!) but also...

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Kindred, Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, John Jennings, Abrams ComicArts The late Octavia Butler has, for me, been one of our most fascinating science fiction writers – the first SF author to win a coveted MacArthur...

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The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia, Mary and Bryan Talbot, Jonathan Cape I’ve been eagerly awaiting this new work from the Costa Award-winning Mary and Bryan Talbot for month, and Mary and Bryan’s...

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Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, Chester Brown, Drawn & Quarterly Chester Brown has to be one of our more uniquely interesting comickers, tackling sensitive – indeed even controversial for some – subject matter...

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Alex’s audio round-up

February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Time once more for Alex Fitch to update us to his latest show, which touches on the very timely issue of gender in the comics biz; as ever for more details and to browse a...

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Reviews: The Trouble With Women

January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Trouble With Women Hardcover, Jacky Fleming, Square Peg “In the Olden Days there were no women which is why you don’t come across them in history lessons at school. There were men and quite...

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Celebrating Women in Comics

January 13, 2016 | 6 Comments

Like many readers I was dismayed by the recent all-male long list for the Grand Prix announced by the prestigious Angouleme festival. Actually no, not dismayed, I was angry – here is one of the...

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With three weeks to go, it would seem that once more the run-up to the Angoulême Festival will be not without commotion. Since the changes in the election process for the Grand Prix winner (and...

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