All in one piece, but without my camera, which I lost on the London Tube on my last day!

Luckily, so you won’t think I made the whole thing up, kind friends have sent photos. But no photos, alas, of Oxford, so you’ll have to take my word for it when I say that I and my good friend and traveling companion, Jean Frederickson, costumer to the stars, stayed at medieval Trinity College and ate in oak-paneled dining rooms that reminded me of the Hogwart’s dining room in the Harry Potter movies, with ornately framed oil paintings of ancient dons frowning down at us. Oh, and had lunch in the very pub where Inspector Morse and Lewis ate and drank on the British TV series!

In London, we stayed with sister writer and lovely hostess Rachella Sinclair, now of London, late of San Francisco, and general world citizen. She took us around London on a tour of sights we’d not seen before, like the remains of the original wall! (and that’s Jean and me at a portion of the marvelous crumbling wall, and in an ancient herb garden within the walls.) It was easy, in such surroundings, to fantasize that one still lived in the middle ages, until one suddenly remembered the Black Death and decided it was better to live in the 21st Century.

As evening approached, we walked across the Millennium bridge, and here we are on a bench by the side of the Thames gazing at the lights of old London town. As you can see by the way we’re dressed, the weather was balmy and beautiful.

And the evening before, I had presented my Powerpoint talk and slideshow on why male comics historians ignore women cartoonists (but I don’t!) for a great group called “Laydeez Do Comics,” which is for (duh!) women who do comics. We could definitely use an American version of this group!

To cap off a splendid evening among women cartoonists (and friendly guys!), who should show up but sister pioneer cartoonist Shelby Sampson, one of the founding mothers of Wimmen’s Comix, on a London stopover of her own round-the-world tour. Here are Shelby and me, flanked by artists Nicola Streeter (left) and Sarah Lightman (right). Nicola and Sarah are the two women responsible for Laydeez do Comics, and Sarah (along with Michael Kaminer) is curator of the exhibitGraphic Details,” which opened at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum on October 1st (see below).


South San Francisco Main Library

: October 12, 6:30 P.M. So you want to be a Graphic Novelist San Bruno Library

: October 26, 7:00 P.M. So you want to be a Graphic Novelist Millbrae Library

: October 13, 3:00 P.M. So you want to be a Graphic Novelist Belmont Library

: October 13, 7:00 P.M. From Girls to GrrrlzIf you’re in any of the above locations, come by and say hello!

And on Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7:00-8:30 P.M.:

Cartoon Art Museum Event:

$5 Suggested donation

San Francisco, CA: Please join the Cartoon Art Museum on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7:00pm for a very special opportunity to meet and hear some of the artists from its latest exhibition, Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. Several of the exhibition’s featured artists will discuss their comics and the exhibition’s transition from a newspaper article to a world-touring show. The discussion will be chaired by Dr. Laurence Roth, Associate Professor of English at Jewish Susquehanna University. A booksigning will immediately follow the discussion.

Following the Cartoon Art Museum’s presentation, an after-party will be held at San Francisco’s famed 111 Minna Gallery. Please visit http://www.111minnagallery.com for details.

Special guests include:

World Famous Herstorian Trina Robbins (The Brinkley Girls)

Comic Artist Sharon Rudahl (A Dangerous Woman)

Comic Artist Vanessa Davis (Make Me A Woman)

and Graphic Details Curators Michael Kaminer and Sarah Lightman

If you can’t get to the panel, come any other day to see the Graphic Details Exhibit through January!

And here’s a link to the exhibit: http://cartoonart.org/2010/08/graphic-details-confessional-comics-by-jewish-women/




  1. Trina, I LOVE that you’re billed as “World Famous Historian!” That is so damn cool!

    Your trip sounds amazing. Too bad your camera went missing, but you’ll always have those memories.

  2. Beh… I meant “HERstorian.” My typing was on autopilot.

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