The fiftieth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Bluestockings bookstore, 172 Allen St, New York, NY. Free and open to the public ($5 suggested).
Scheduled Presentation: Samantha Meier on Women’s Comix: Where Were Gender Politics in Underground Comix? Much has been written about Robert Crumb and other founding fathers of the underground comix movement, but early comix by women have gone largely unstudied, framed as a “feminist intervention” into the sexist countercultural comics industry. The realities of seminal books like Wimmen’s Comix and Tits & Clits are much more complex. Beyond the printed pages of the comics themselves lies a greater story about women finding their voices in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and beyond.
Samantha Meier is the gender and politics editor at PolicyMic, a news and analysis website for millennials. Her senior honors thesis, Twisted Sisters: Women’s Comix and Cultural Action, won the James A. Davis Prize for Exemplary Thesis in Sociology at Harvard College. Sam is currently working on a book about women in the underground comix movement. Her political writing can be found at PolicyMic, and her comics research can be found at www.womenscomix.com.