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Boys aren't the only ones who read comics—girls do too! From Betty and Veronica to Slutburger and Art Babe, Girls to Grrrlz explores the amazing but true history of girl comics. Pop culture fans will delight in author Trina Robbinss chronological commentary (with attitude) on the authors, artists, trends, and sassy, brassy characters featured in comic books for the last ha Boys aren't the only ones who read comics—girls do too! From Betty and Veronica to Slutburger and Art Babe, Girls to Grrrlz explores the amazing but true history of girl comics. Pop culture fans will delight in author Trina Robbinss chronological commentary (with attitude) on the authors, artists, trends, and sassy, brassy characters featured in comic books for the last half-century. Meet the bubble-headed bombshells of the '40s, the lovelorn ladies of the '50s, the wimmin libbers of the '70s, and the grrrowling grrrlz of today. Her commentary is paired with a ton of rare comic book art pulled from the best girl comics published since World War II. Bridging the gap between Ms. and Sassy, between Miss America and Naomi Wolf, From Girls to Grrrlz reminds us how comic book characters humorously—and critically—reflect our changing culture.


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Boys aren't the only ones who read comics—girls do too! From Betty and Veronica to Slutburger and Art Babe, Girls to Grrrlz explores the amazing but true history of girl comics. Pop culture fans will delight in author Trina Robbinss chronological commentary (with attitude) on the authors, artists, trends, and sassy, brassy characters featured in comic books for the last ha Boys aren't the only ones who read comics—girls do too! From Betty and Veronica to Slutburger and Art Babe, Girls to Grrrlz explores the amazing but true history of girl comics. Pop culture fans will delight in author Trina Robbinss chronological commentary (with attitude) on the authors, artists, trends, and sassy, brassy characters featured in comic books for the last half-century. Meet the bubble-headed bombshells of the '40s, the lovelorn ladies of the '50s, the wimmin libbers of the '70s, and the grrrowling grrrlz of today. Her commentary is paired with a ton of rare comic book art pulled from the best girl comics published since World War II. Bridging the gap between Ms. and Sassy, between Miss America and Naomi Wolf, From Girls to Grrrlz reminds us how comic book characters humorously—and critically—reflect our changing culture.

30 review for From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Female Comics from Teens to Zines

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A decent overview, but outdated (it's now 17 years after the pub date). Robbins doesn't discuss issues of race at all, and makes a lot of generalized statements about women's issues. It's cursory, and not nearly critical enough. A skimable history of "comics for girls" (she doesn't discuss girls in superhero comics at all, and basically claims that girls don't read those...) This book should probably be updated/republished as a revised edition with some contemporary knowledge and more attention A decent overview, but outdated (it's now 17 years after the pub date). Robbins doesn't discuss issues of race at all, and makes a lot of generalized statements about women's issues. It's cursory, and not nearly critical enough. A skimable history of "comics for girls" (she doesn't discuss girls in superhero comics at all, and basically claims that girls don't read those...) This book should probably be updated/republished as a revised edition with some contemporary knowledge and more attention to issues of intersectionality. Or maybe someone else needs to publish a new history of women and comics.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    I wanted to like this a lot more than I do. Essentially, it's written for a lay audience, so it doesn't contain anywhere near as much info as I want. It's a skimming history. For one thing, I want more and longer reprints of comics to go along with the commentary. Reprinted pages would be far more effective than her text synopses of comics; how can you fully discuss comics as an art without plenty of them? Robbins obviously knows that most of these comics are rare, since 1. duh, older comics Are I wanted to like this a lot more than I do. Essentially, it's written for a lay audience, so it doesn't contain anywhere near as much info as I want. It's a skimming history. For one thing, I want more and longer reprints of comics to go along with the commentary. Reprinted pages would be far more effective than her text synopses of comics; how can you fully discuss comics as an art without plenty of them? Robbins obviously knows that most of these comics are rare, since 1. duh, older comics Are rare and 2. she spends some time discussing how few women even know contemporary independent comics even exist; why isn't she presenting them far more obviously? Probably there were rights issues, plus financial negotiations concerning how many pages of color they could afford to print. So, realistically, this may have been a difficult task, but it's still a flaw. Then I want the commentary to be more in-depth, discussing political implications in more detail and making more connections to other groundbreaking feminist arts. The info Robbins presents is good, but there just isn't enough of it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I learned so much about girls in comics from this book. I had no idea about girls comics, romance comics, and 70s self-published comics AT ALL, as my knowledge mostly extends to current comic books and superhero lit. Robbins does a great job of explaining the evolution of each genre in a clear and concise manner, with lots of pictures accompanying the text. Because, what's a book about comics without pictures?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    A very basic overview. This book does not provide a critical perspective, or any discussion of race.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    I picked this up mainly because after years of hearing my friends talking about comics, I was curious. I found the first half, from the 40s-50s, to be really very cool and interesting - talking about how so many comic lines were targeting teen girls and showing examples. I really liked that. The second half, where she talks about where comics went just before, during and after women's lib, got a little less interesting. Not because the comics themselves weren't as good, but because she wasn't ab I picked this up mainly because after years of hearing my friends talking about comics, I was curious. I found the first half, from the 40s-50s, to be really very cool and interesting - talking about how so many comic lines were targeting teen girls and showing examples. I really liked that. The second half, where she talks about where comics went just before, during and after women's lib, got a little less interesting. Not because the comics themselves weren't as good, but because she wasn't able to be as objective - apparently she was instrumental in the movement, and she still feels very much a part of the events. I don't think I'll be passing this title on to any of my friends who are into comics, though. I can absolutely hear Julia's response to the statement at the end that the only comic available for girls right now is Archie - bitching about then what the hell is she reading now? I think the author got a bit bogged down in what is targeted towards girls vs. what girls can only read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dominick

    Decent if superficial history of comics for girls. It's written in a breezy style, and it aims for a descriptive rather than a critical perspective, and it is well illustrated, but it is also pretty thin. Its focus also drifts; arguably, later in the book when the focus turns to comics of the 1970s through 1990s, Robbins drifts away from her supposed topic of comics for girls and towards the topic of comics for/about women (e.g. undergrounds, which cannot plausibly be seen as youth-oriented, whi Decent if superficial history of comics for girls. It's written in a breezy style, and it aims for a descriptive rather than a critical perspective, and it is well illustrated, but it is also pretty thin. Its focus also drifts; arguably, later in the book when the focus turns to comics of the 1970s through 1990s, Robbins drifts away from her supposed topic of comics for girls and towards the topic of comics for/about women (e.g. undergrounds, which cannot plausibly be seen as youth-oriented, which I would infer from the girl focus). Comics with female protagonists but not targeted primarily at girl readers are largely overlooked here, deliberately no doubt. Certainly worth reading for anyone relatively unconversant with the history of girls' comics, and even for those who do have some knowledge, as Robbins's own knowledge is pretty extensive. Many readers will therefore probably find her at least mentioning some things about which they know little. Probably best suited for the more casual interest/reader, though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    Not at all academic, this is a nice overview of the idea of girls' comics from the 30's to the end of the 20th C (the comics marketed towards them, really --something Trina points out). Taking the Archie titles and the every-day soap opera / teen drama setting as the idea for where the trend in girl comics readers picks up (comics always stealing from the pulps), Robbins follows the development of the genre and tracks the growth (and decline) of it's readership alongside the history of the U.S. Not at all academic, this is a nice overview of the idea of girls' comics from the 30's to the end of the 20th C (the comics marketed towards them, really --something Trina points out). Taking the Archie titles and the every-day soap opera / teen drama setting as the idea for where the trend in girl comics readers picks up (comics always stealing from the pulps), Robbins follows the development of the genre and tracks the growth (and decline) of it's readership alongside the history of the U.S. to show how wars, feminism and cultural tone change the place of women in the comics and behind the drawing table. The book is well paced with a good selection of accompanying art but I would have loved for a more in depth discussion of some of the titles and time periods (especially the 60/70 period). I'd rather have an extra half star to ad to the review also.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Trina Robbins is a life long idol of mine, and it is because of this book and her other books dedicated to women in cartooning, and comic books. She delves into and focuses on women in comic books, from the early 20th century to now. She discusses notable works and women, and talks about the conditions of society that either kept or lead to women doing comic books. She was the first to show me that there was a rich and fascinating history behind the comic books I love to devour and made me reali Trina Robbins is a life long idol of mine, and it is because of this book and her other books dedicated to women in cartooning, and comic books. She delves into and focuses on women in comic books, from the early 20th century to now. She discusses notable works and women, and talks about the conditions of society that either kept or lead to women doing comic books. She was the first to show me that there was a rich and fascinating history behind the comic books I love to devour and made me realize that sometimes the stories of the people behind the comic books were just as, if not more, interesting as the fictional works they created. This book is a good primer to begin researching and reading more about women and their history in comic books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I'm a bit mixed about this. There's some wonderful, hard-to-find art and artists in this book, but it is also very US centric. It's a great overview of womens' comics/comix, but without much critical appraisal of the ways in which women are portrayed or the context in which these comix were produced. There's no mention of British girls' comics at all. There's also no Further Reading or Bibliography, which is very naughty and a bit irritating. The book's designed, I guess, to give a brief orientat I'm a bit mixed about this. There's some wonderful, hard-to-find art and artists in this book, but it is also very US centric. It's a great overview of womens' comics/comix, but without much critical appraisal of the ways in which women are portrayed or the context in which these comix were produced. There's no mention of British girls' comics at all. There's also no Further Reading or Bibliography, which is very naughty and a bit irritating. The book's designed, I guess, to give a brief orientation into the world of womens' comics, which it does successfully enough. I enjoyed reading this, particularly the later chapter on Riot Grrrl zines and art.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Podraza

    Trina Robbins's FROM GIRLS TO GRRRLZ is a great starting place for anyone interested in learning about women in comics. The book is a quick, simplified overview of the development of comics/x for girls/women and by those same audiences. It's split into four sections peppered with exemplary visual material: Girls' Comics (1941-1957), Women's Comics (1947-1977), Womyn's Comix (1970-1989), and Grrrlz' Comix (The 1990s). I would recommend this book to readers interested in the "herstory" of comics/x Trina Robbins's FROM GIRLS TO GRRRLZ is a great starting place for anyone interested in learning about women in comics. The book is a quick, simplified overview of the development of comics/x for girls/women and by those same audiences. It's split into four sections peppered with exemplary visual material: Girls' Comics (1941-1957), Women's Comics (1947-1977), Womyn's Comix (1970-1989), and Grrrlz' Comix (The 1990s). I would recommend this book to readers interested in the "herstory" of comics/x but with the caveat that a lot more research and reading is needed afterwards.

  11. 5 out of 5

    K Kriesel

    I absolutely loved From Girls to Grrrlz and couldn't believe how little of its information is widespread. Important stuff for both feminists and the comic world!! The writing, pacing, and references are all smooth and well-done. I recommend this to anyone interested in feminism and/or comics. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that some of the pictures were too small to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Robbins delivers a very basic history of "girl" comics minus any capes and cowls. It delivers a good read but the change over from 50s romance comics to 90s zine culture is a bit jarring. I felt the book just went from one extreme to the other.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I may try the second half of this one again later. It was just starting to get interesting, talking about the feminist movement and other fun things. But I was so worn out by the beginning, with the minute details about comic book characters that no longer exist, I just quit.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    This book was so much fun - I admit, I read all the comics first and the actual text later... but both were very satisfying! I could have stood for much less on the "Betty and Veronica" topic, but it was all in all great chicklit.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carla Remy

    Of course I liked the stuff about Archie and Katy Keene and Romance Comics so much. Vicki Valentine got a mention and illustration and that was pleasing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    true story: i'm pretty sure i read this book as a kid because some of the stuff looked REALLY familiar. unfortunately, re-reading it as an adult the content seems really basic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Shuler

    I don't know much about the comic world, but a friend gave me this and I read through it simply because I had it on hand. I must say, it makes me want to start getting into comics.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shalulah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alessandra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  23. 4 out of 5

    Corinna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thornee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Casscaye

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lucia

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Arnold

  29. 5 out of 5

    Higgity

  30. 4 out of 5

    Casey

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