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.

emily carr 2
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!

memorial 1
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.

wonder women best

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!


…and a busy one. But first, what did I do for Christmas? I danced! At ODC, the Oberlin Dance Commons, to be exact. My tap class and my hula class performed there in December, mainly for an audience of friends and relatives (We’re not yet ready for
Broadway) and here we are. In the tap photo, the guy in the middle is our teacher, Bruce, tap and the guy in the middle of the hula girls is not our teacher: he’s Robert, the only guy in the class, so of course he gets to be in the center. hula I love tap and hula and will never stop dancing!
Back in 1974, underground comix editor and publisher Denis Kitchen and Stan Lee (Yes, THAT Stan Lee) collaborated to publish a series of underground comix anthologies in magazine format, funded by Marvel Comics (Yes, THAT Marvel Comics). The series lasted 5 issues before going under, and now Denis’ Kitchen Sink books has reprinted the best of the collection. Last month the Best of Comix Book collection was selected as one of “Amazon’s Best Books.” Here’s the Amazon link:
I was a contributor to that series with my Panthea stories, which are included in the book, along with the first comic I sent in for publication, which was rejected. I was a strong feminist (Still am, duh!) and a struggling single mother, so that story, “Wonder Person Gets Knocked Up,” was inspired by my life at the time. Trouble is, I was so naive at the time that I had not realized that most of the characters I was satirising — Wonder Woman, Batman, Plastic Man — were part of the DC universe, and Stan Lee did not want to get sued. My originals hung around the Marvel offices for quite a few years when somebody (not naming names!) “found” the pages, took them home, amd offered them up for sale. I found out and got in touch with Jim Shooter, who got them back for me. Now you can read my previously unpublished, rejected (with good cause!) comic, “Wonder Person Gets Knocked Up,” in the Best of Comix book, and it still holds up. Reading it after all those years, I really like it! AND THIS MONTH…
You can find me at the San Francisco Writers Conference,(https://sfwriters.org/) over President’s Day weekend (February 13th to 16th), at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. I’ll be speaking about graphic novels for teens and tweens on Friday at 4:30, and about research on Saturday, 4 pm. I love these conferences! There are always so many panels I want to take in that my chief frustration is when 3 panels I want to see are all scheduled at the same time – or worse, at the same time as my presentation. Aargh! Plus, the Mark Hopkins is a glorious historic hotel and a grand place for a conference. If you come to my presentations or run into me on the floor, please stop and say hello; I am always up for a coffee break at the conference’s Cafe Ferlinghetti.
I presented a talk about the book in December at the Cartoon Art Museum, and will be talking about it some more in March: first at Toonseum, the world’s cutest comics museum, in Pittsburgh, (http://www.toonseum.org/exhibits.html) on March 20th, and at
PIX, the Pittsburgh Indie Comic Expo, on Saturday March 22nd:
then on March 27, at the main branch of the San Francisco public library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you’re in the area of Pittsburgh or San Francisco, come see me and learn stuff you probably didn’t know about early 20th century women cartoonists.
Many of you know that I possess the world’s largest collection of original comic art by early 20th century women cartoonists, and in March you’ll be able to see selections from my collection (many not included in “Pretty in Ink”) at Toonseum ( it’s already there — opened on January 4th!) and at the SF public library. From April 27 through August, a large chunk of my collection will be at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum. But more on that later.
Ooh, ooh, wait, one more thing! And on March 1st at 2pm, I’ll be on a panel at the Marin Theater in Mill Valley, where they’ll be performing a new play, “Lasso of Truth,” all about the creation of my favorite superheroine, Wonder Woman, from February 20th
through March 16th. lasso of truth And here’s the link: http://marintheatre.org/productions/lasso/


In October we attended the Lakes Festival in the charming town of Kendal, in England’s beautiful Lakes district. Because we were so late in contacting the festival to say we’d like to attend, all the rooms in the hotel were already taken by the other guests, so we were put up by the honorable Clare Feeney-Johnson, councilwoman and ex-mayor of Kendal, much better than staying in some hotel. Clare was a wonderful hostess and her husband did his best to help us figure out our dreadful problems with our iPhone service, meaning, there WAS no service and our new iPhones simply didn’t work. Later we found out that iphones don’t work in Europe until you’ve had them for 90 days,
something we were not told when we got them. So we basically used them for taking pictures during our trip — at least we put them to some use!
From Kendal, after a two-day whirl in Oxford, we wound up in London, where I shared a talk with Hannah Berry at Orbital Comics. I’m delighted to know Hannah, a funny bubbly kind of gal whose excellent but absolutely creepy comics are just the
opposite. How can such dark stuff come out of such a perky person? See for yourself at
http://www.hannahberry.co.uk. And here we are. Hannah is to my right and the ladies to my left are Jessica Kemp and Corrine Pearlman.
Trina & Hannah Berry
Who else did I meet at the festival? Antonella Caputo is a comics writer who lives in Rome. There are tons of women drawing comics these days, (And brava to that!) but it was nice to meet a woman who WRITES comics, like I do. Trina and Antonella Caputo
What to look forward to: Bryan and Mary Talbot’s new graphic novel, “Sally Heathcote, Suffragette,” done with brilliant cartoonist Kate Charlesworth this time. (Bryan and Mary’s last collaboration was “Dotter of her Father’s Eye,” which I loved and
which won all sorts of awards.) “Sally Heathcote” won’t be out until Spring, but Bryan, Mary and Kate gave a great presentation at the Lakes Festival, and I’m counting the days till I can read it.
In November we attended the wedding celebration of my dear friend (and publisher) Brian Anderson, and his life partner Preston Nesbitt, and wouldn’t you know it, there was a photo room with funny hats’n’props. (Is this the latest thing? It seems wherever I go these days, it’s Funny Foto time!) So here’s Steve as a fireman, and I finally get to be Catwoman (or is it Batwoman?). steve n trina catwoman
What’s next? I’ll be giving a presentation on my brand new, final and definitive history of women cartoonists, “Pretty in Ink,” at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum (That’s at 655 Mission Street, (415) CAR-Toon) on December 19th, at 6 p.m. Here’s what Fantagraphics (with a little tweaking by Yours Truly) has to say about the book:
With the 1896 publication of Rose O’Neill’s comic strip The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine, American women entered the field of comics, and they never left it. But you might not know that reading most of the comics histories out there. Trina
Robbins has spent the last thirty years recording the accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists, and her presentation at the Cartoon Art Museum will give you a taste of Pretty in Ink, her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with some startling new discoveries (such as a Native American woman cartoonist from the 1940s who was also a Corporal in the women’s army) In the
pages of Pretty in Ink you’ll find new photos and correspondence from cartoonists Ethel Hays and Edwina Dumm, and the true story of Golden Age comic book star Lily Renee, as intriguing as the comics she drew. Although the comics profession was
dominated by men, there were far more women working in the profession throughout the 20th century than other histories indicate, and they have flourished in the 21st. Trina is
the preeminent historian of women comic artists; forget her previous histories: Pretty in Ink is her most comprehensive volume to date. pretty in ink (2)
And here you can get a glimpse into the interior of Pretty in Ink, as a phantom
hand turns the pages: