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The Ladies of Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

Today marks the US release of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, edited  by Paul Gravett.  On his website, he lists all the creators represented; discounting those listed only as “Various” or “Others”, I counted 1065 creators.  109 of them, or 10.2% are women.

Now, on the one hand, that is kind of a disappointing percentage.  It is about the same percentage that Tim Hanley’s Gendercrunching usually turns up at Marvel and DC per month.  On the other hand, it is higher than the usual representation of women in lists and events such as the "Masters of American Comics", which has 0% women.

Also, this is a very good list.  Gravett’s research team reached all over the world, and there are representations from every inhabited continent; the women alone come from the US, Japan, India, the UK, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Canada, South Korea, Iran, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Australia, Spain, Hungary, and Finland (and I may have missed a few)

I am pleased to see such personal favorites as Trots and Bonnie by Shary Flenniken, Kari by Amruta Patil, and Skim by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki.  Unfortunately, the works of Lily Renee are nowhere to be found, but I will chalk that up to the lack of a discrete collection of her work, an omission soon to be rectified by Trina Robbins ;) And on the male side, Craig Thompson’s Habibi made it just under the wire!

I did manage to sweet-talk a review copy from the publisher, and while I haven’t gotten a chance to do much more than skim it, overall I am very pleased with what I see.  It is a solid list, and I plan on analyzing not just what is said about the work by women creators, but also evaluating the overall artistic ethos that qualified any book to be included.  To see the list of works and their female creators (male collaborators were omitted because I’m lazy) they’re below the cut, along with Amazon (US) links where available.  I tried to be sure they’re all in English, but I’m sure some voix originale got through.

  1. La Perdida by Jessica Abel 
  2. Aya of Yopougon by Marguerite Abouet
  3. Madman by Laura Allred
  4. Yorahop by Ancco (Choi Gyeong-jin)
  5. Happy Mania by Moyoko Anno
  6. From Eroica with Love by Yasuko Aoike
  7. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
  8. Swan by Kyoko Ariyoshi
  9. One! Hundred! Demons! and What It Is by Lynda Barry
  10. Dykes to Watch Out For and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  11. Lucky by Gabrielle Bell
  12. Britten & Brülightly by Hannah Berry
  13. Our Cancer Year by Joyce Brabner
  14. Agrippine and Frustration by Claire Bretécher
  15. Brinkley Girls by Nell Brinkley
  16. Tiffany Jones by Jenny Butterworth
  17. Sky Doll by Barbara Canepa
  18. Patty’s World by Purita Campos
  19. Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel
  20. Theories of Everything by Roz Chast
  21. Chobits and xxxHolic by CLAMP (4-woman studio)
  22. My New York Diary by Julie Doucet
  23. Miss Remarkable & Her Career by Joanna Rubin Dranger
  24. Daddy’s Girl by Debbie Dreschler
  25. The Bellybuttons by Dubuc (Maryse)
  26. Ally Sloper by Marie Duval
  27. Special Exits by Joyce Farmer
  28. W the Whore by Anke Feuchtenberger
  29. Trots and Bonnie by Shary Flenniken
  30. Lost Girls by Melinda Gebbie
  31. Pastil by Francesca Ghermandi
  32. Interiorae by Gabriella Giandelli
  33. Diabolik by Angela Giussani
  34. Diabolik by Luciana Giussani
  35. A Child’s Life and Other Stories by Phoebe Gloeckner
  36. Faire Semblant C’est Mentir by Dominique Goblet
  37. Y: The Last Man by Pia Guerra
  38. Thomas’s Heart by Moto Hagio
  39. The Wonderful World Of Sazae-san by Machiko Hasegawa
  40. Frances by Joanna Hellgren
  41. Candy Candy by Yumiko Igarashi
  42. Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda
  43. Moomin by Tove Jansson
  44. For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston
  45. We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin
  46. Miss Don’t Touch Me by Kerascoët (husband-and-wife team; Marie Pommepuy)
  47. Love That Bunch by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
  48. Town Of Evening Calm, Country Of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kōno
  49. Stalin’s Spy In Tokyo by Isabel Kreitz
  50. Now, Endsville by Carol Lay (also for Kindle)
  51. Starstruck by Elaine Lee
  52. Fluffy by Simone Lia
  53. Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
  54. Temperance by Cathy Malkasian
  55. Dobeki Bride by Marley
  56. Louis by Sandra Marrs
  57. Necron by Mirka Martini
  58. Finder by Carla Speed McNeil
  59. Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
  60. Brenda Starr, Reporter by Dale Messick
  61. Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills
  62. Mask of Glass by Suzue Miuchi
  63. Candy Candy by Kyoko Mizuki
  64. Pure Trance by Junko Mizuno
  65. Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
  66. Odile & The Crocodiles by Chantal Monteiller
  67. Blue by Kiriko Nananan
  68. Nodame Cantabile by Tomoko Ninomiya
  69. Didi Glitz by Diane Noomin
  70. Onmyoji by Reiko Okano
  71. Citizen 13660 by Miné Okubo
  72. Ristorante Paradiso by Natsume Ono
  73. Torchy In Heartbeats by Jackie Ormes
  74. The Star of Cottonland by Yumiko Ōshima
  75. Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park
  76. Mopsy by Gladys Parker
  77. Kari by Amruta Patil
  78. Elfquest by Wendy Pini
  79. Life? Or Theater? by Charlotte Salomon
  80. The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell
  81. Persepolis and Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
  82. Likewise by Ariel Schrag
  83. Dori Stories by Dori Seda
  84. Gemma Bovery, Mrs Weber’s Diary, and Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds
  85. A Hundred Tales by Hinako Sugiura
  86. Giraffes In My Hair by Carol Swain
  87. Lum and Maison Ikkoku by Rumiko Takahashi
  88. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
  89. Song Of The Wind & Trees by Keiko Takemiya
  90. Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
  91. Skim by Jillian Tamaki
  92. Skim by Mariko Tamaki
  93. Tiffany Jones by Pat Tourret
  94. Rupert The Bear by Mary Tourtel (UK link)
  95. You’ll Never Know: A Good & Decent Man by Carol Tyler
  96. We Are Reproducing by Shungicu Uchida
  97. Honey & Clover by Chica Umino
  98. Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara
  99. Aitienpäivä by Amanda Vähämäki
  100. Dance By The Light Of The Moon by Judith Vanistendael
  101. The Building Opposite by Vanyda
  102. 300 and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Lynn Varley
  103. Homo Metropolis by Nikoline Werdelin
  104. Omaha The Cat Dancer by Kate Worley
  105. Emperor Of The Land Of The Rising Sun by Ryoko Yamagishi
  106. Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale by Belle Yang
  107. Nana by Ai Yazawa
  108. Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida
  109. Ooku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga
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