The Big Feminist BUT Changes Content for Wide Release

The Big Feminist BUT cover

The Big Feminist BUT: Comics about Women, Men, and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism is an anthology edited by Shannon O’Leary and Joan Reilly that was funded through a successful Kickstarter a year and a half ago. The title comes from how many people feel the need to say “I’m not a feminist, but…”

Now, Alternative Comics has done a second edition for the purpose of “wide release to the book store and comic book shop markets.” Oddly, they’ve changed the content. They’ve added a two-page comic, “She-Drive” by Joan Reilly; two additional illustrations, one each by Jen Wang and Ed Luce; an illustrated statement about how modern feminism has lost its way called “Same War” by Kristina Collantes; and replaced the afterword by Hugo Schwyzer with one by Noah Berlatsky.

The Big Feminist BUT cover

I’m not sure why they felt the need to do that. It’s annoying to supporters who made the book possible to feel as though they don’t have the later, more complete edition, but then again, Kickstarter backers got signed editions, their name on the Acknowledgements page, and a year and a half of reading the book before everyone else. Either way, it’s some good cartooning on a fascinating set of topics.

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