Okay, two months between blogs seems to be par for the course.  Sooo… Let’s start with Brazil!


Brazil was my birthday present: I arrived in Sao Paulo on my birthday, August 17th. The conference was amazing!  Alas, being a bad American and not knowing Portuguese (By the time I returned home, I had learned about 4 Portuguese phrases: hola, bom dia, boa noite, and ciao!), I couldn’t take in all the presentations, but I did have some kind people who volunteered to translate some of them.  I love conferences and much prefer them to conventions; you don’t have to sit behind a table and sell books and look at people in superhero costumes.  Instead you can listen to and exchange information with intelligent people.  So, not only great presentations (some of which I even understood!), but it was arranged for me to actually get together with a group of women comics creators, and a more talented, beautiful bunch of women you have never seen (unless you were there!).  These women loaded me down with their wondrously drawn comics, zines, and graphic novels till my suitcase weighed a ton, but it was worth dislocating my shoulder.  Look at all those women!me n all the women

I was incredibly honored to actually get a standing ovation when I presented my keynote speech: never have I felt so honored and accepted.  And among the many women (and nice guys, too!) who I was thrilled to meet was Laerte.  Laerte was a famous male cartoonist who transitioned, and when she became a woman she kept her name, so she’s still Laerte, and she is completely accepted. Bravo, Brazil, and here I am with Laerte! Laerte and me

After the conference, I went on to spend a few days in Rio deJaneiro, because if one gets to Brazil, one doesn’t leave without going to Rio.  I went with professor Natania Noguera, one of the people responsible for getting me to Brazil, and her college student friend, Luisa, and they fussed over me like mother hens.  Their fabulous Carioca friend Amando – my first Carioca! — drove us around, and we did the whole tourist bit: Sugarloaf Mountain, the amazing art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing on one of the highest hills, blessing Rio, and Copacabana beach, that best of all beaches.  A Carioca is a native of Rio, and Amando says there are no better people in the world. me n Afonzo


I don’t use my change card much, usually only when I travel, so it wasn’t until I flew to Washington DC for the National Book Festival on September 5th that I discovered my charge card was being rejected.  I phoned my credit card company when I returned and guess what: my identity had been stolen in Rio deJaniero, and someone had charges $23,000 on my credit card!  I think it had been stolen when I checked out of my hotel, because all the charges date from when I had already returned home.  Folks, the name of my hotel is the Windsor Copa, and I would steer clear of it if I were you.  It was a fine hotel, but one of their employees is a crook!  Yes, the identity theft was so obvious that there’s no question of it being me who made those changes, so the credit card company is fixing things, starting with a new credit card for me and a cancellation of the old one.

On to Washington, and the National Book Festival: wow, all us guests were invited to the poshest reception I’ve even seen, at the Library of Congress. They have a Guttenberg bible!  And the next evening, I joined Diane Noomin and Miss Lasko-Gross (Yay, I met Miss Lasko-Gross!  She is a terrific artist and a thoroughly nice person!) on a panel about women graphic novelists.

After that, Hawaii!  Yes, the Hawaii comic con, on the Big Island, a hotel suite that was bigger than most New York apartments, and outside our door, the Pacific and another one of those best beaches in the world.  And oh yeah, comics.  I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but – where were the women cartoonists?   The comics part of what was really a science fiction and pop culture con consisted of about five guys and their comics.  After meeting with all those beautiful, talented ladies in Brazil, where were the women?  Come on, ladies, you can do it!

And finally, Russia!


Comicon Russia is a huge convention, and featured some of the best cosplayers I have ever seen.  Some of these people must have worked for years on their costumes!  Here I am with a couple of them, Maria and Vlada, who must be the tallest Vampirella ever.  Is Vlada a perfect name for a vampire, or what? me n vladame n maria franchuzova

I couldn’t keep away from Red Square, and visited it twice in the daytime and once at night, when it’s all lit up. St. Basil’s is the most amazing cathedral I have ever seen, and I have visited many a cathedral in France, Italy, and England.  It’s ancient and is composed of a rabbit warren of tiny rooms, with not one space that is not covered with icons and decoration.  I don’t know much about the Russian style of onion-dome architecture, but it is specifically Russian and it is beautiful.   St Basil's 3Did I mention the fabled Moscow subways?  The stations are all they’re cracked up to be; majestic, clean, and full of great Soviet-era (which is kind of like WPA-era in America) statues of brave partisans (including women) and idealized Soviet men, Women, children, and even their dogs.  At the subway stop for Red Square, there’s a lovely statue of a brave soldier and his faithful dog, and people rub the dog’s muzzle for good luck as they pass it, so his muzzle is shiny.

The other American guest was Jim Salicrup, editor-in-chief at Papercutz, publishers of some very nice all-ages graphic novels, and all around nice guy.  We met John F. Tefft, the American ambassador!  Here we are with him. me n jim n ambassador 2 I learned from Mr. Tefft that ambassadors have no political affiliation, and it makes sense.  They are chosen because they can get along with everybody, which is what they have to do.

Here’s a link to a short video of the comic con, produced by the American embassy:

Jim and I were provided with 2 great translators who took total care of us and went everywhere with us, and here we all are.  Left to right, that’s Kirill (also known simply as “K”), me, Nicholas (Also known as Nick) and Jim.me n jim, kirill, nick 2


1) Where were the women cartoonists?  Just like in Hawaii, I saw a bunch of comics by guys, and nothing by women.  Come on, ladies!!! Think of those amazing Brazilian women and their beautiful comics, you can do it, too!

2) I caught the Cold of the Century on the plane returning to San Francisco, and I’m still coughing!

3)  My plane home took off from Moscow at 5:45 AM, so all the currency exchanges were not open yet, and now that I’m back in the USA, I can’t find a place that will change my rubles!  Does anyone have any ideas?

FINALLY: the weekend of October 17 and 18, I can be found at Project:comic-con in St. Louis.  Here’s the link: http://www.projectcomiccon.com/

This year the emphasis is on women comics creators, so pay attention, Hawaii and Russia!

Fear of Blogging Goes to More Places, Gets a Cat, and Plants a Farm

Where to start? How about the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 18th?  I marched with the SPCA because animals are my friends and because we have gotten so many of our cats from them.  The SPCA contingent was placed right after Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and in front of Animal Care and Control (where we acquired our new cat, but more on that later), so our 3 animal groups all marching together with lots of cute dogs surely were the cutest contingents in the parade.  Not only were the dogs cute but we were pretty cute too.  The SPCA asked us to wear animal prints so, being the thrift shopping queen of San Francisco, I scoured the thrift stores and found a leopard print tunic, which, along with makeup done by volunteers from Sephora, turned me into a leopard for a day.

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Oops, let’s back up to Wizard World in Sacramento, which took place on June 19th – 20th. and where I spotted the perfect Vampirella, and the first cosplay Vampi that I completely approved of.  Of course, she didn’t have a clue when this strange lady walked up to her and said, “I approve of your costume,” but she gamely thanked me.  Steve said I really should tell her who I was, so I found her booth and explained that I had designed the costume she was wearing, which made her happy, and we took lots of pictures.  The costume was made by her talented sister!

me n vampi best


Well, actually her name is Jennifer Cholin, and I found her behind her table at the American Librarians Association convention here in San Francisco on June 26th and 27th. She is covered with gorgeous tattoos of Nell Brinkley girls taken from my book, and the tattoo artist did an excellent job.  I love you, Jennifer!

lydia the tattooed lady best pic

Yes, it was a busy June.


And a lot happened at comic con!  One small disappointment: usually there have been great freebies and giveaways at comic con, but this year – is it the economy? – giveaways consisted mostly of things I didn’t want, like posters (I mean, how much wall space does a person have, anyway?).  The one exception was troll dolls.  On the first day of the con, people in troll wigs stood on corners across the street from the convention center giving out troll dolls in blazing colors: purple, hot pink, glittery green.  The one thing they asked in return was that we take a photo and put it up on the internet, so here I am with my troll doll and the nice person in a troll wig.  Thank you for the best giveaway at the con!

troll dolls at SD

  • Ah, the Eisners! I actually got to accept TWO (2) Eisners!  The Eisners, named for the great cartoonist Will Eisner, creator of the immortal Spirit comics and so much more, are the Oscars of the comic industry.  “Graphic Details,” a book about the traveling exhibit of confessional comics by Jewish women, won an Eisner. Cartoonist Miriam Libicki and I, both contributors to the book, got to accept it for editor Sarah Lightman.  Here we are with Sarah’s Eisner, Miriam the very image of a sexy mother with her new baby and her low-cut satin dress. And then I got to accept ANOTHER Eisner, this time for Marge Henderson Buell, creator of the immortal Little Lulu, who was voted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.  Accepting an Eisner for someone like Marge Henderson Buell is a real honor!

me n miriam libicki and eisner

Another honor: watching a play that was adapted from your book, and that’s what happened to me at the Moxie Theater on July 11th when I attended the premier of “Eternally Bad,” taken from my book of the same name about dark goddesses. You cannot imagine how good it feels to watch a brilliant cast repeating brilliantly funny lines and think, “No way, did I write that?”  And I did!  Here I am with the cast.  Thank you, guys and goddesses, for interpreting my words so beautifully!  And look at the poster!  That’s Brazilian Bombshell Era, from Tarpe Mills’ Golden Age comic, Miss Fury.

Eternally Bad Cast 7 11 951pm 2015

Eternally Bad 7 11 816pm 2015


If you’ve been reading my blog, you remember that wonderful, adorable, irreplaceable Winston the Wonder Cat departed this planet for the Great Cushion in the Sky in March.  There will never be another like him!  However, by April, I began going into withdrawal.  “Must…get…another…cat,” I muttered between gritted teeth, “Must…get…a Persian!”  Thus began a cat hunting odyssey of visiting the SPCA once, twice a week. But no Persians, and once one is addicted to Persians, one HAS TO have a Persian.  Next stop was Animal Care and Control, just around the corner from the SPCA, and it was there I found Chester, peering out at me with big frightened eyes in the Lost Cat section.  He doesn’t have the grumpyface that Winston had; his eyes are very round and always look a little worried or frightened or whistful and his smooshy face is flat as a pancake. I had to phone every day until he was finally available, and since they don’t put cats on hold, I had to come right down to get him. Poor Chester was found with a bunch of feral cats that no doubt were mean to him and took his food, because the poor dear was so frightened that he hid under the bed in the guest bedroom for a day.  He is still very timid, and only lets us pet him sometimes, and at other times runs away, but very slowly he is getting used to us and realizing we don’t want to kill him, and we have faith that he will eventually become the pussycat god intended him to be.

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Yes, that is a corn and pumpkin patch on the sidewalk in front of our house, planted by my daughter and me.  People walk by and take pictures. We are learning as we go along, and next time we won’t plant too many pumpkin seeds.  The pumpkins are out of control and we had to fence them in!  As for the corn, it’s as high as an elephant’s eye.

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I asked no other thing,

No other was denied,

I offered Being for it,

The Mighty Merchant sighed,

Brazil?  He twirled a button

Without a glance my way,

But Madame, is there nothing else

That we can show today?

Poor Emily Dickinson never attained her heart’s desire, as symbolized by Brazil, and I almost went the way of Emily Dickinson!  On August 16th I’m leaving for a conference in Sao Paulo, where I will be a keynote speaker, but two weeks ago I learned that I will need a visa.  Here’s the link to the conference: http://www2.eca.usp.br/jornadas/index.php

Would you have expected to need a visa to visit Brazil?  Me neither!  So, how hard can it be to get a visa for Brazil? Answer: VERY hard!  You can’t go in to the consulate; you have to fill out interminal pages of applications online, and after you’ve sent them in, they give you a date on which you can actually go in and apply some more – and the date they gave me was September 1st, which wasn’t gonna be much help since I’m flying to Brazil on August 16th.  Luckily professor Nobu Chinen, who invited me to speak at the conference, came to my aid.  He sent an email to the Consul General, and they made an “exception” for me, and last Friday I finally had my visa in hand, but not before giving them a U.S. post office money order for $160.00!  See you in Sao Paulo!

Wait, wait, one more thing: it’s the 50th anniversary of the iconic underground newspaper, the Berkeley Barb!  Big celebration at the Berkeley Public Library on Thursday, August 13!  Me, keynote speaker at 11 A.M!  Much easier to get to Berkeley than to Brazil, so come say hello! http://www.berkeleybarb.net/

Are we there yet?

Fear of Blogging Goes Everywhere at Once

Ooooh kay, I see it’s almost 3 months since I put up my last blog, and obviously Something must be done.  Sooo…

Let’s begin in April, at Ohio State, for a quick but completely filled one-day visit celebrating  the Graphic Details exhibit.  Graphic Details is the name of a traveling exhibit and a book  collecting confessional comics by Jewish Women cartoonists, and I contributed a very small story, because I’ve never been a cartoonist of memoirs.  Still, it was lovely to be part of the show, and here is the link:  http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/03/11/new-exhibit-graphic-details-confessional-comics-by-jewish-women/

If you’re gonna be in Ohio from now until July 5th, it’s still not too late to take in the exhibit, and it just so happens that Graphic Details, the book, has been nominated for an Eisner Award at the San Diego con this July.  The Eisners are the Oscars of the comic industry, so fingers crossed!

Now we move on to early May, and the first Queers in Comics conference, held in New York at CUNY (the City University of New York).  I was honored to be a guest at this conference and to speak on the Pioneers panel (or as I called it, The Crones.) along with Lee Marrs, Roberta Gregory, and Mary Wings. (And yes, there we are at our Pioneers panel! Left to right, Lee Marrs, yers truly, Roberta Gregory, Mary Wings.)    00  Marrs, Robbins, Gregory, Wings

But first!  I flew to New York a couple of days early, so that I could fulfill a dream: to visit the Wonder Woman Museum in Bethel, Connecticut. The museum also happens to be the home of Pete Marston, the son of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston, and one of the dearest people on this planet.  How does one describe a house that is bursting at the seams with everything pertaining to the world’s most beloved Amazon Princess?  Perhaps a look at my face as I gaze with amazement for the first time at all the wonderful (pun intended) goodies on exhibit in the museum’s inner sanctum.

02 Trina in WW museum

And here I am paying homage to the Amazon Princess herself, along with her mother, Queen Hippolyta!

03 Trina gazes at WW Finally, here I am with Pete and his brilliant take-charge daughter, Christie Marston.  The photos are taken by Christie’s brother, also named Pete, and a world-class photographer.  Thank you, Pete and Christie, for your kindness and welcoming spirit, and for making my visit a day I will never forget!

04 Trina with Christie and Pete 2

Back to the Queers in Comics Conference, and talk about welcoming!  As one of the only two heterosexual guests at the conference (the other was publisher Denis Kitchen, who had just published Howard Cruse’s collected “Wendell” strips and kindly gave us all copies), I felt so accepted, more so than I have ever felt by most straight male cartoonists, and more than I have ever felt by many women cartoonists.  There were so many people that I knew and so many others who I knew only via the internet and now finally met face to face, that it felt like one big family reunion.

Because this was an academic conference and as we all know, that means there’s no money, I shared a tiny (but cute!) “boutique” hotel room with sister pioneer Mary Wings.  It’s a tossup as to who self-published the first Lesbian comic book, Mary or Roberta Gregory, both in 1974, but I can proudly claim responsibility for Mary’s book, “Come Out Comix.”  Mary had seen my story, “Sandy Comes Out,” in the first issue of “Wimmen’s Comix,” (and here it is, up on the screen during our pioneers panel) and had waxed indignant: “Harrumph, the nerve!  That story is obviously drawn by a straight woman, how dare she?  Someone needs to draw a lesbian comic from a lesbian’s point of view, and I shall be that someone!”  (Okay, I’m paraphrasing a wee bit.)

05 Marrs, Robbins, Gregory, Wings (2)

Of course at the time, I had no idea Mary felt like that, and today we are good friends and had a great time as room mates.  And some reviewer commented on our “affectionate bickering” on the panel, and said we should have our own podcast.  Hey Mary, you wanna?

Another panel I was on: Wonder Woman, what else?  That’s moderator Joan Hilty, moi, and Phil Jimenez – and Phil was one of those people who I finally got to meet face to face, and I love the guy – he grows so excited talking about Wonder Woman that he gets positively incoherent and I mean that in a very good, absolutely loveable way.

06 Joan Hilty, me, Phil Jimenez

On to later May, and if it’s May 23rd it must be Denver Comic Con 2015.   By now, Denver Comic Con 2015 has become infamous because of something that was not really the fault of the con: four guys presented a panel on “Women in Comics” without including a single woman in their panel.  And when a woman in the audience asked why there were no women on the panel, the moderator answered that he didn’t know any women to ask!

One is flabbergasted.  It would have taken him all of 15 minutes to Google the convention website, click on “Guests,” go down the list to see the many women who were guests of the con, along with their contact information, and contact one or as many as he wanted.  But he didn’t!  To give the con folks credit, they had a great many women guests and a great many women-friendly panels.  They showed the film, “She Makes Comics,” about women in every aspect of the industry, and I was on a panel on “Discrimination in Pop Culture.”  Best of all, the good folks of Denver Comic Con found a room for a group of comics women to present our own panel on the last day of the con, which we did, to standing room only, and with thanks to playwright Crystal Skillman who thought it up and got it all together..  So in the end, a silk purse was made from a sow’s ear.

A couple of con photos: Elsa Yaznik brought my Wonder Woman comics to sign, which I gladly did,

07 me and Elsa Yaznik Denverand Verona (I love than name!) shared her fuscia feather boa with me.  That’s Steve in the background, to Verona’s left.

08 DenverCon Verona

And here’s what happened after the con: I visited Edgewater, the home of Nell Brinkley!  I had received emails from one Debbi Spranza, a Nell Brinkley fan who’d read my books on the great early 20th century cartoonist, and who just happened to actually live in Nell’s home town.  I wrote, well gee, I’ll be at a con in Denver right across the border.  Can you show me around Edgewater afterwards?  And she answered CAN I?!  So Debbi, who turns out to be tall and beautiful (and in fact could easily be Wonder Woman) picked Steve and me up at our hotel and drove us to the Edgewater Historical Society, where we met a very nice man whom we educated in many things Brinkley, which may result in a nice exhibit at the historical Society of the work of Edgewater’s most famous citizen.  It seems to have already resulted in a very nice article on Nell in the local newspaper, the Edgewater Echo: http://edgewaterecho.com/throwback-thursday-cartoonist-nell-brinkley/

After that, she drove us to the house where Nell grew up, and here’s Nell’s house, with Debbi (she’s the tall one) and me (I’m the short one) in front of it.  Then it was on to Debbi’s house, where she had invited friends to a lovely tea and book signing.

09 Debbi Spranza and trina

Kute Kid department: While in Las Vegas for a week’s vacation, my daughter and son in law, and my granddaughter, Tabetha, went to see Seigfried and Roy’s lions and white tiger, and who should show up but Siegfried himself, who proceeded to pull a “magic coin” out of Tabetha’s arm.  Here they are: Chris, Casey, and Tabetha, with Siegfried, right after the pulling of the magic coin. Tabetha could speak of nothing else!  How cool to be young and to believe in magic.

10 Siegfried & Tabby

Finally, coming up: From June 19th  – June 21st, Wizard World in Sacramento.  Look for me!  And on Friday, June 26th and Saturday June 27th I’ll be at the American Library Association convention here in San Francisco, at Moscone Center. If you’re there too, I’ll be on a panel Friday, from 12:15 to 1:15, on “Gender in Comics.”  Librarians are our friend!  And Sunday, June 28th, is the Gay Pride Parade.  I will be marching with the SPCA because they too are my friends.

Okay, one more thing: San Diego Comic Con, that mammoth pop culture convention, from Wednesday, July 8th till Sunday, July 12th, if you have the stamina.  And on Saturday night, July 11th,  the Moxie Theater in San Diego will be presenting the premiere of “Eternally Bad,” their adaptation of my book on dark goddesses.  Here’s the link: http://www.moxietheatre.com/EternallyBad.

Be there!


Once again I psyche myself up to put up a blog! This time I’ll start with March 8th at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, where we had a panel for Will Eisner Week. I was delighted to be on a panel with Mario Hernandez, Steve Leialoha, and Gerry Jones, talking about Will Eisner, the greatest storyteller in comics. Where today’s superhero comics consist mostly of fight scenes and no plot, Eisner managed to tell an entire story, and tell it beautifully, in 7 pages every week. If you’ve never been to the Cartoon Art Museum, make it a priority on your next visit to San Francisco. They have good panels and great shows! Here we are, with a nice young man, whose name, goddess forgive me, I have lost. But Nice Young Man, thank you for the great photo! Left to right, Mario Hernandez, short moi, Gerry Jones, Mister Nice Young Man, and Steve. image2

Two days later, on March 19th, I departed for five days in Monterrey, Mexico, and an amazing convention. Here’s a link, so you can see what you missed:
The convention was held in a huge convention center called Cintermex, in the middle of a lovely park, Fundidora, which has a river and boats you can sail in down the river to a great Mexican historical museum. The food was delicious! And here are us gringo guests, enjoying some of that food with the lovely Nuria, our hostess during the convention, and a very good cartoonist. Clockwise starting from lower left, that’s Kurt, an animator from Canada, the lovely Nuria, the also lovely and immensely talented Jill Thompson, editor Jim Salicrup, and yours truly. dinner
There were so many talented young women at the convention, and most of them draw in manga/anime style, which at this point I think is a universal style. Here are some of them: In the first photo that’s me with Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre. eva cabrera claudia aguirre

Next, yours truly again with Melody Flores.  Melody Flores

And here’s our brilliant translator, Itziar Cardona, helping Jill and me at out panel. Itziar speaks English excellently, and made me, with my pathetic San Francisco Mission District Spanish, shamefully embarrassed.itziar cardona jill thompson

And finally, Jill and me with Sophie Garcie Bulle, who also speaks excellent English and regaled me with Mexican history of which I was shamefully unaware. Thank you for the links and the YouTube video of La Adelita, Sophie, and note to self: learn Spanish! BTW, that’s my one souvenir that I’m wearing: a Frida Kahlo tee shirt, the only one in San Francisco. me, Jill, Sophia Garcie Bulle

Winston, the most wonderful cat in the entire universe, has left us for the Great Cushion in the Sky. Two years ago, at thirteen, the little guy was diagnosed with kidney failure, and we had to hydrate him, at first twice a week, and later three times a week. In the beginning and for at least a year and a half, Winston held his own, but finally in January he started slowly going downhill. By the time I left for Mexico, he was going downhill pretty fast, and I worried that he might not be there when I got back, but the dear little guy waited for me! I returned at about 7:30 Monday night, and he died a little after midnight. Winston received and gave nothing but love during his whole life. People would take one look at him and laugh. I learned that a living creature can be both funny and beautiful,
because Winston was both. And he never knew how adorable he was — he just was! There will never be another like him. Cat! It's what's for Dinner! 2


Is it that time already? A mere three months since my last blog? Last time we saw Fear of Blogging, she (me!) was headed for Victoria, British Columbia, and the Most Amazing Collectibles Show. I was pretty excited about going to Victoria because, if you’ve read my previous blogs you know that last time I was in Victoria I discovered “the Canadian Frida Kahlo,” Emily Carr, someone every Canadian schoolchild knows, but of whom we yanks are woefully ignorant. “Great!” said I, “At last, an opportunity to see her original art!” But it was not to be, because all of Emily Carr’s paintings had gone to England for a big exhibit there. The best that I could do was to revisit her in the form of her statue in
front of the venerable Empress hotel, and this time, take some pictures of her.

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Across the street from the Empress hotel is Victoria’s Parliament building, and the day we were there just happened to be two days after a madman invaded the Ottawa parliament and killed a Canadian soldier. In front of the Victoria Parliament building is a statue commemorating the fallen soldiers of three wars, and the steps to the memorial were covered in flowers. On either side of the memorial stood an honor guard composed of some very old and very heavily decorated veterans (I’m guessing Korea). In case you didn’t know, I am very emotional, and I was in tears. Some people walking around were wearing poppies, and I wished I had one to wear too, in solidarity. Canadians are the
nicest people in the world. What a terrible thing to happen to them!

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On a Happier Note:
Let us move further back in time to October 9th, 2014, at the opening of the San
Francisco Cartoon Art Museum exhibit, “Slinging Satire,” cartoons by the Associated American Editorial Cartoonists. We came at the invitation of our old pal, Quebecois editorial cartoonist Guy Badeaux, and found a museum full of more editorial cartoonists than you can shake a stick at, if you are in the habit of shaking sticks at editorial cartoonists. Or let us say that you could not swing a cat, if you are in the habit of swinging cats, without hitting an editorial cartoonist.  Yay! I got to meet my favorite editorial cartoonist, Jen Sorenson! Jen’s
cartoons are incisive, often sarcastic, and always funny. Here I am with Jen and Tom Tomorrow, another funny, incisive, and sarcastic guy, whom I’ve known since he lived here in San Francisco. If you haven’t gone to see it yet, the show is up at the Cartoon Art Museum until March, 2015.

Tomorrow Contino Trina


For the second year in a row, my daughter, my grand daughter, my son-in-law’s mother, and me, dressed as Wonder Women.  We added some practical stuff, like sweaters so we wouldn’t freeze to death while trick-or-treating, and here we are. Not in the pic is Pauline, my son-in-law’s mom and my good friend, because she was at the other end of the camera.

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Well okay, not quite, but I do have bit parts in two brand new and excellent films. One is “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a documentary that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. The film has already opened in New York to rave reviews, and is coming to a theater near you. Here’s the link: http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com/
The other film is “She Makes Comics,” and it tells much the same story as “She’s
Beautiful When She’s Angry,” except about women who write, draw, edit, read, sell, and publish comics. And here’s that link: http://sequart.org/movies/6/she-makes-comics/
You mean besides the Oscars? Well, on May 23 – 25, 2015, I’ll be at the Denver Comic Con: http://denvercomiccon.com/ and I’ll definitely be at the San Diego comic con this July. I realize this is way far in the future, but on September 10 – 13, 2015, I will be at Hawaiicon! Yes, a comics and pop culture convention on the Big Island! If you’re one of those people who plan ahead, you can get discount tichets to Hawaiicon until December 31: http://www.hawaiicon.com/
Aloha, and see you in Hawaii!
More about these cons and many more as the time gets closer, and I learn more.
Finally…the photo of the year! This is 8 year old Anna Cocca Goodman. According to justifiably proud mom, Carolyn Cocca, Anna had read quite a few of my graphic novels and I’m happy to learn that she likes them. Says Carolyn: “She complains loudly that there are more books with boy characters than girl characters, and more male superhero action figures than female ones.” And I bet she’s beautiful when she’s angry!

carolyn cocca's daughter
Stay warm, stay dry! See you next year!

Fear of Blogging Makes MS Magazine!

Hey, MS Magazine online has reprinted Lisa Hix’s great interview and article about me,
from Collector’s Weekly:
I can’t believe I finally got into MS! Back in the 70s, MS refused to carry ads for Wimmen’s Comix.

Surprise! Lily Renee Comes to Comic Con!
Return with me now to those thrilling days of July, 2014. I was all set to fly to the San Diego comic con on Thursday, July 24th, when on Tuesday, the 22nd, I got an email from Rick Phillips, the son of Golden Age cartoonist Lily Renee: Lily was visiting him in San Diego, and she’d like to come to the con; can she get in free? I’m like, duh, she’s the great Lily Renee, of course she can! But just to make sure, I emailed Jackie Estrada who was like, duh, she’s the great Lily Renee, of course she can! Then after some fancy back and forth emailing with beautiful Jen Vaughn of Fantagraphics, we had a day and time for Lily to sit with me at the Fantagraphics booth and sign copies of Pretty in Ink. And THEN I put the announcement up on Facebook so everybody would know Lily was coming!
Friday in the convention center an eager line of fans who knew their Golden Age comics awaited Lily, who is elegant and intelligent, and proof that, no matter how old you are, when you’re beautiful you stay beautiful. We sat next to Don Rosa, the best Duck Artist in the world (I believe he channels Carl Barks) and an awfully nice guy, who, purely by coincidence, had that very day bought a Fiction House comic book with a Lily Renee cover. And he had no idea she was going to make an appearance! (And here I am with Don) Trina and Don Rosa smaller Does he have the cutest smile, or what? Just what you’d expect from a duck man.
Mary Fleener, the best cubist artist except for a bunch of dead guys, showed up and here’s a photo of the three of us. Trina, Lily, Mary Fleener smaller
After the signing, we headed for Steve’s table, which he shares with Scott Shaw! and Sergio Aragones. Scott and Sergio had no idea Lily would be there and their minds were totally blown! Sergio, continental guy that he is, actually got down on one knee and kissed Lily’s hand! I said to them: You guys owe me one. Here we all are: Trina Lily Sergio Scott

So there we were on vacation in Hawaii, having a lovely time. Then, 3 days before we were slated to fly back, on a Tuesday night I started feeling pain in my right side, decided to sleep on it and hoped it would be gone by morning, which of course it was not. Steve and I went to the Waikiki Urgent Care Clinic where the doc told me “You have appendicitis.” We taxied to Queen’s hospital in Honolulu, where they admitted me and performed a speedy appendectomy. I had to stay overnight but they took great care of me, brought me breakfast (that I couldn’t eat), then later lunch (That I also couldn’t eat) before discharging me Thursday evening, in no condition to travel yet. (our return flight was Friday morning!) Our only problem was changing our flight to Saturday. The airline
representative we spoke to over the phone had the compassion of a clam. Didn’t anyone ever teach her to say, even if you don’t care, “I’m so sorry this had to happen to spoil your vacation, and I hope you recover quickly?”
I am all better and tapping again. If you ever need a hospital on Oahu, Queen’s Hospital comes highly recommended. Steve sez the only thing left is next time we go to Molokai and I get leprosy.

APE is this weekend, October 4th and 5th, at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and I’ll be there on the 4th. Find me at the Fantagraphics booth!
Next: From October 24th through the 26th, I’ll be in Victoria, British Columbia, at the MOST AMAZING COLLECTIBLE SHOW (that’s what it’s called!). Here’s some
information: http://www.vimacs.ca/dealerinformatio.html
and: http://www..vimacs.ca/guestandevents.html
Come by, find me, say hello!


…Starting with my exhibit at Toonseum, America’s cutest comic art museum. As you may know, if you know me or even about me, I possess the world’s largest collection of comic art by early 20th century women cartoonists. This is possible because all the guys who collect original comic art want Jack Kirby or Spiderman #1. For the same reason, I’m not afraid of it being stolen because since it’s all by girls, nobody wants it but me.
Anyway, chunks of my collection are almost always on exhibit somewhere. So on March 20th I found myself in Pittsburgh giving a presentation about my collection, and about my final and definitive history of women cartoonists, Pretty in Ink. Here I am giving everybody a tour of the art hanging on the walls.Trina tour guide I will be doing the same thing at the San
Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, which is currently showing the largest chunk of my collection ever. The exhibit will be up through August, and on July 31st, I will be your tour guide at the museum’s official reception.pretty in ink postcard
Cons I have been to:
The day after speaking at Toonseum was PIX, a friendly small con, featuring lots of local talent and lots of DIY comics. I had a great time there, but one question: why, with all the really talented local women sitting at booths with their really good comics, was I the only female featured guest?
Just two weeks later, I was off to Gem City con, in Dayton, Ohio. Here I am with Matt Tauber at Gem City con. gem city comics Matt Tauber Matt brought some of my books from the 70s and 80s for me to sign. He also writes a mean blog (his specialty is Milton caniff) in which he says nice things about me: http://matttauber.blogspot.com/2014/04/gem-city-comic-con.html

During both these cons, I was suffering from my annual bout of bronchitis, but no way was I gonna cancel either cons and make people mad at me, so I went and I coughed. Everybody was extra nice to me, and supplied me with cough drops, teas, and even honey. Thank you, Pittsburgh honey lady! The worst part was Flying While Coughing, to and from both cons, although the flight to and from Toonseum took the cake. I was the star of the flight, but not in a good way. I was a Jonah! If they could have thrown me off
the plane, they would have. One woman even asked me if I knew what I had, because she was immuno deficient. I had to explain over and over that it was bronchitis, and that I was not contagious. (I wasn’t!)
Then, in May: TCAF! The Toronto Comics Art Festival, and one of the best conventions I’ve ever been to. There was not one cosplayer to be seen, and no mainstream superhero stuff — just good panels, good comics and graphic novels, and soooo many talented women with their graphic novels! Here’s something I’m noticing at conventions: lots of beautiful young women of a certain size. They are zoftig, buxom, call it what you will, and they wear their flesh with pride, along with chic mini dresses and bright red lipstick. I say brava!

The day before the festival, the kind people in charge took all us guests to Niagara Falls. I had been to the American side of the falls, but never to the Canadian side, and I must confess: the Canadian side is even more kozmik!Niagara falls
Also in May: Big Wow comic con, in San Jose. Thank you, Steve Wyatt, for having me as a guest and inviting me back. And I had a great time there! But one question: in your long list of special guests, why is it that the only woman included was a cosplayer?
Here’s a link from last Autumn (!!!) that I should have put up ages ago. It’s a great tv show called “Ten Percent” with the wonderful David Perry, and here I am being a guest on his show. Thank you for having me, David, it was fun!

What am I reading: I’m reading and enjoying Susan Vreeland’s “The Forest Lover,” which is about the Canadian painter Emily Carr. Being the Ugly American that I am, I knew nothing about Emily Carr until a few years ago when I stayed at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, as a guest of the Victoria film festival. Right in front of the hotel is a staue of a very solid woman in a sensible skirt and sensible shoes with a dog at her feet and a monkey riding on her shoulder. Turns out it’s a statue of Emily Carr, one of the great women painters of the 20th century, who every Canadian school kid apparently knows about but I didn’t. While I was in Victoria, some kind person gave me a copy of Carr’s journals, Called “Hundreds and Thousands,” which I have yet to read but I will when I finish “The Forest Lover.” Plus, there’s a very sweet graphic novel about her called “Four Pictures by Emily Carr.” I’m returning to Victoria in the fall, and this time I’m gonna seek out the galleries and museums that have her art. BTW, Susan Vreeland is a very good writer who seems to specialize in writing about art-related subjects. I loved the novel she wrote called “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” about a Vermeer painting.
Oh look! Here I am with an anthology that I’m thrilled to have contributed to: “Heroines of Comic Books and Literature,” edfited by Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor. Heroines of comic books and literatureI’m sitting in the shady courtyard of one of my fave neighborhood cafes, Thorough Bread, on Church Street. A good place to sit with a cuppa joe and a good boo
What I’m working on: my memoir, finally, to be published by Kitchen Sink. And to get me in the mood, I’ve been reading memoirs by people I know: Carol Ruth Silver’s “Freedom Rider Diary,” and Dave Van Ronk’s “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.” In 1961, 22 year old Carol, a nice middle class girl, bravely followed her conscience and got herself arrested in Mississippi, along with more than 300 other freedom riders, for the

cause of equality and desegregation. Forget about “Orange is the New Black”: read Carol’s book. Dave Van Ronk, alas, is no longer with us, but he was a dear friend of mine in the 1960s, and nobody sang like him. His book gives a wonderful picture of the Greenwitch Village folk scene of the 1950s and 60s, and I can just hear his voice when I read his writing. Where I’ll be next: San Diego comic con, the largest pop culture convention in America.
And here’s where you can find me:
Thursday, July 24th, from 4 – 6, at the Fantagraphics table
Friday, July 25, from 10 – 11 a.m., Fantagraphics
Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m. at the Dark Horse table
and Sunday, July 27, back at Fantagraphics at 9:30 a.m.
Come by, say hello, bring stuff for me to sign. You don’t have to buy anything!
And remember: July 31, at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum!