Friday, August 7, 2009


A new review of the Anthology by comicsgirl.

And she is right when it comes to including women in the book.
But I'm sure Andrei would feature them if they excist and make good abstract comics.
Maybe they are somewhere out there and we need to find them.
Or maybe because there are very few abstract comics artists and because most comics are still made by men, there must be an even smaller amount of women working in this field.

So girlz, come on, start making abstract comics!!


  1. Hi Nina--yes, I found that review last night, and I wanted to leave a comment there about this issue before linking it here. For some reason it wouldn't let me post a comment yesterday, so I wrote the following email to Eden. Then just now it finally allowed me to post it as a comment, so it should show up as that too:

    "Thanks for your review! I just wanted to address the issue of there being no women creators in the book. Unfortunately, this is avant-garde art comics we are talking about, which is already a pretty male-dominated field, and I honestly couldn’t find any women working in this genre (I did ask around!). You are right about Satu and Nina coming to my attention too late. Actually, Satu, who is primarily a visual poet, only began making abstract comics in April, after she had discovered our blog (thus long after the book had gone into production). I only found out about Nina a couple of months ago: as she has said herself in a post on, it was only last year that she began being interested in abstract sequential art–and, once again, she started producing much more of it after discovering our blog. If the book is successful enough to warrant a second volume, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will be featured in it–as well as, hopefully, other women creators encouraged by the book to try their hand at abstract comics.

    "I should add that “Silent Pictures,” the exhibition at CUNY’s James Gallery which I am co-curating and which is partly based on the anthology, will feature Nina Roos’s work, and will also feature larger (non-abstract) pieces from two of my favorite women cartoonists, Renee French (who is installing a huge, 12′ x 12′ mural) and Rachel Cattle (who is showing films based on her comics)."

  2. I had the same problem, I tried to comment, it didn't work.
    Should have known you'll find all anthology reviews first :)
    I agree with your story and you cannot find artists who do not excist.
    Or suddenly start drawing abstract comics when the book is being print.
    I'm sure the anthology and this blog will inspire male and female artists to make abstract comics so that a second volume is unavoidable.

  3. Well, I have a google alert for "abstract comics," so it lets me know whenever there's a blog post about it!

  4. I have also tried to find other females who makes abstract comics but there's nearly nobody in publicity,

    where are they?

    But as you all know this blog is very inspiring, so I hope that there will be more female artist in future doing abstract comics.

  5. I couldn't be more excited to buy a copy of this book!

    I feel weird plugging someone in a comments box, but after reading this particular post, I think you all might be interested in what my wife, Surabhi Ghosh, does: (see especially the printed/bound section, but almost all of her work is comics-inspired).

    She's been doing work like this for several years and also teaches a few comics-related courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  6. Thank you for your enthusiastic comment here.
    I will sure take a look at her website.
    It is always nice to find a woman making work inspired by comics. Hopefully she will also enjoy looking at this blog every now and then. Thank you for sharing this.


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