- Posted by Johanna on April 4, 2013 at 8:14 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
This is intended to be an open discussion, because I hope readers can add to this list. I was asked on Twitter last night
@johannadc Suggestions for non-memoir, self-contained, narrative fiction comics / graphic novels about post-college women, created by women?
— Eric Newsom (@ericnewsom) April 3, 2013
That’s a good question. So many of the non-genre graphic novels aimed at adults, particularly women, are autobiographical these days. This was a challenge to answer, but here’s what I came up with.
First, josei manga immediately came to mind, although many of those books are now out of print here. This genre fits all the requirements, except some are serialized (so not all are self-contained).
In the US, the long-running comic strip (now ended) Dykes to Watch Out For is a terrific soap opera about all kinds of women. More recently, I enjoyed discovering Picket Line, a fiction work of a character’s self-discovery.
There are genre works that fit the bill, too:
- Galaxion (science fiction)
- Castle Waiting (fantasy)
- Unterzakhn (historical fiction)
- Troublemaker (adventure caper)
- That Kind of Girl (erotica)
Of course, there’s an extensive list of works by women here on the site, but many of them are memoir or co-created with men.
How would you answer this question? Are there other works you recommend by and for adult women?