- Posted by Johanna on August 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm
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I was asked to help consult on an acquisition project recently — a college library was looking for some suggestions of graphic novels by women that they could add to their collection as part of their build-out program in the area. I pulled together a list, keeping in mind that they already had work by Marjane Satrapi, Lynda Barry, and Julie Doucet. When I answer such questions, there are some basics I factor in: picking works that are in print, for example, and I prefer to recommend stand-alone books or short series.
One thing that surprised me, when I was thinking of women who make impressive comics that I enjoy, was how many did work for younger readers. Raina Telgemeier, Hope Larson, and Jill Thompson were all top of my list, and they’re all best known for works aimed at teens and younger readers. Even Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting, as a twist on a fairy tale, might be considered for girls. I also included Julia Wertz, Chynna Clugston, and Faith Erin Hicks for specifically a college-age audience.
I wasn’t only looking at this age group, though, as I also recommended Alison Bechdel and Carla Speed McNeil. But it did seem like something to comment on. Is it easier for women to get work creating for younger readers?