New lecture series spotlights women comics professionals

Official Press Release

New York - "Women and Comics," a groundbreaking and unique lecture series, will kick off on January 9, 2002. Co-sponsored by the New York chapter of Friends of Lulu and Bluestockings women's bookstore, the monthly lectures will be held at the Bluestockings store on Manhattan's Lower East Side and feature women prominent in the comics industry.

The lecture series' organizers hope that this series will help fill a vital gap in both comics fandom and the industry itself. The program will bring female comics professionals and female comics readers together in a female-friendly space.

"''Women and Comics' is designed to showcase the wide variety of women working in all aspects of comic books and comic strips to interested female readers in a positive, women-focused environment," says Elayne Riggs, President of the Friends of Lulu New York chapter.

The first lecture will feature Joan Hilty, an editor at DC Comics' DC Kid's line, and syndicated cartoonist. Future discussions will feature "Six Chix" cartoonist Isabella Bannerman, Jane Fisher (whose comic WJHC was part of the Ms. Foundation's merchandise line for Take Our Daughters to Work Day 2001), Oxygen.com artist Phoebe Gloeckner (debuting her graphic novel "The Diary of a Teenaged Girl") and comics pioneer Hilda Terry, who broke the gender barrier at the National Cartoonists Society in 1947.

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