Author(s): Jeffrey Brown
The Big Feminist BUT: Comics about Women, Men and the IFs, ANDs BUTs of Feminism is a comics anthology that asks: What do we really mean when we say, "I'm not a feminist, BUT..." or "I am 100% a feminist, BUT..." What do our great big "BUTs" say about where things stand between the sexes in the 21st Century? We asked some of the most talented ladies (and gentlemen) working in comics and animation today, along with some of the smartest writers we know including Lauren Weinstein, Jeffrey Brown, Sarah Oleksyk, Gabrielle Bell, Justin Hall, Ron Rege Jr., Vanessa Davis, Josh Neufeld, Andi Zeisler, Angie Wang, Ulli Lust (winner of the 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize for graphic novels/comics) and a whole lot more, to "but" into the heated discussion about the much more level but still contradictory playing field both sexes are struggling to find their footing on today.
"Truth. Thankfully, The Big Feminist But is strong anthology work, with an emphatic and seriously-felt point of view. The criteria is also incredibly multifaceted: no one involved questions the need to use the word "feminism," the authors just differ over what the term means and how to apply it in everyday life." -- Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine "In all of these stories there is a sense of paradigms shifting and boundaries melting, with fresh possibilities springing forth -- feminism in action." -- Robert Kirby, The Comics Journal "Brilliant, funny, touching, sweet, dark, righteous comics..." - Jezebel "One of the great strengths of this book: that no matter where you're coming from, you're bound to find an idea or two in here that are surprising or unexpected. And while none of the stories are preachy--many, in fact, are quite the opposite--you could easily find yourself considering some alternative points of view." -- Sean Kleefeld, Freaksugar "The Big Feminist BUT kicks ass." - Heidi MacDonald
Shannon O'Leary is a writer and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. She is a regular contributor to Publishers Weekly and a contributing editor to The Beat: The News Blog of Comics and Culture. She was the editor of Pet Noir: An Illustrated Anthology of True Pet Crime Stories (Manic D Press, 2007). Joan Reilly is an artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. She has contributed to the books Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation, I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections, Pet Noir, Hi-Horse Omnibus and The Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method by Marilyn vos Savant. Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. Her work has been selected for the 2007, 2009, and 2010 Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and she has contributed to McSweeneys, Bookforum, the Believer, and Vice. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Ulli Lust was born in 1967 in Vienna, Austria. Her cartooning work has mainly comprised comics reportages; Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is her first graphic novel, and her first work to be translated into English. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Jeffrey Brown is an Eisner Award winner and NY Times Bestselling author/illustrator of Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess, both imagining what it would have been like if Darth Vader had raised a young Luke and Leia.
4. Acknowledgments 5. Introduction by Shannon O'Leary, Illustrations by Joan Reilly 9. Feminist, adj by MariNaomi 10. Same War by Kristina Collantes 12. Pillow Talk by Trevor Alixopulos Vanessa Davis 14. Asking For It Story by Shannon O'Leary, Art by Ric Carrasquillo, Layouts by O'Leary Carrasquillo 24. Must Respect Women's Power. No Experience Necessary Story by Mark Pritchard, Art by Liz Baillie 30. Manifestation by Gabrielle Bell 37. Times I've Been Mistaken For a Man Story by Beth Lisick, Art by MK Reed 42. I Don't by Hilary Florido 45. Am I a Spinster Yet? by Corinne Mucha 53. What If I Don't Want to Have a Baby? by Abby Denson 57. How To Make a Man Out of Tin Foil by Barry Deutsch 66. She-Drive by Joan Reilly 68. My Horrible Heroines by Shaenon K. Garrity 74. Eminent Victorians Story by Suzanne Kleid, Art by Joan Reilly 80. Cartoon by Emily Flake ?81. Queer, Eh? by Virginia Paine 89. Marriage is Super by Justin Hall 96. Intersections by Angie Wang 98. Cartoon by Emily Flake?99. The Dead of Night by Dylan Williams?113. Skadi's Wolves by Sarah Oleksyk 121. Prostitutes: For Teens by Jen Wang 127. Adam Lilith by Ron Rege, Jr. 133. Cartoon by Emily Flake?134. Playmate Me Story by Sari Wilson, Art by Josh Neufeld?138. Pixie Story by Charlie Jane Anders, Art by Britt Wilson 142. Her Fat Feminist Ass by Ulli Lust Kai Pfeiffer 154. Container by Stina Lofgren 158. Flowering by Angie Wang 159. Cartoon by Emily Flake 160. Untethered Story by Lisa Ullmann, Art by Kat Roberts?172. Cartoon by Emily Flake 173. If This Is All You Get by Lauren Weinstein 177. Boy's Life by Andi Zeisler 183. Doesn't This Baby Realize We're Trying to Redefine Gender Roles? by Jeffrey Brown 190. The Labyrinth by Andrice Arp Jesse Reklaw 196. Afterword by Noah Berlatsky 198. About Our Contributors 200. Pool Butts by Jen Wang Inside Back Cover. Lady Oaf by Ed Luce