The month of March is dedicated to celebrating women. International Women’s Day, which fell on March 8 this year, celebrates respect, appreciation and love toward women, as well as their social, economic and political achievements.
March also claims Women’s History Month, highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Women have made, and continue to make, an impact in the comics industry. GoComics boasts strong, original work by dozens of female cartoonists. Today, I wanted to recognize a few of them.
Let’s give these ladies a round of applause!
Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse has appeared in more than 1,000 newspapers and digital outlets worldwide. Aside from a cartoonist, Johnston is a world traveler, adventuring to Holland, France, China, Mexico and Thailand, among other destinations. Perhaps most notable is the fact that Johnston was the first woman AND the first Canadian to win the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year, in 1985.
Gemma Correll’s Four Eyes is home to quirky, sweet and pun-filled cartoons. Self-described as a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and all-round small person, Correll attended art school in Norwich, England, and received a B.A. in Graphic Design with a specialization in Illustration. She was a runner-up for The British Cartoonists’ Association and The Cartoon Museum “Young Cartoonist of the Year” award in 2012.
Eleri Mai Harris
Hailing from Hobart, Tasmania, Eleri Mai Harris is an Australian-American journalist and cartoonist based in Vermont. Her work, Eleri Mai Harris Cartoons, features non-fiction comics for political junkies and history nerds.
Connie Sun is an Asian-American cartoonist from southern California. A semi-autobiographical comic strip, Connie to the Wonnie is a single girl’s attempt to make sense of human nature, modern dating and the creative process through the act of drawing out the topics that cross her mind each day.
Lela Lee is a cartoonist and actress. Her comic Angry Little Girls is a cute and snarky representation of life as a girl. One girl is really angry, and the others are disenchanted, crazy, fresh and gloomy. It’s not easy being a girl with mean parents, a dumb boyfriend and annoying friends.
The creator of the popular comic strip Cathy, Cathy Guisewite is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” in 1993. Women across the world identify with Cathy’s humor in balancing a career, love life and, of course, chocolate.
Leigh Luna’s work often reflects the time she spent in New Mexico and Colorado during her childhood. Her interests include yoga, coffee and bookbinding. Luna attends the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and resides in Minneapolis. Leigh Luna Comics represent a series of storylines, the first of which is Clementine Fox.
A 21-year-old cartoonist, Andersen spent her childhood hopping between Connecticut, Germany and Denmark, and is currently studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Though early in her career, Andersen is already gaining attention in the comics industry. BuzzFeed, a popular news and entertainment website, named Sarah’s Scribbles as a Must-Read Comic of 2013. The Society of Illustrators has also recognized Andersen's illustration work.
Jan Eliot is the creator of the funny and irreverent Stone Soup, a saga that follows an extended, blended family, starring two working-mom sisters living just across the fence from each other. Outside of cartooning, Eliot enjoys traveling abroad to destinations including Europe, Africa, Thailand, Australia and many others, and aspires to continue exploring the world. Coming in second place behind cartooning, Eliot claims photography as a favorite art form.
There’s certainly a lot of talent out there, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Who are some of your favorite female cartoonists?