If you are familiar with my previous posts, you’ll know I like to keep in touch with the ladies over at Citizen Dame. They have a fun podcast and blog that I think you would enjoy, so check it out. Unsurprisingly, though, I don’t always see eye-to-eye with them. I get the sense that, despite being avid readers, they don’t care for graphic novels. It’s understandable. The graphic novels typical target audience is males between a certain age. But that is not to say that there are exceptions. Those exceptions become even more prominent when you venture outside of the traditional publishing houses of DC & Marvel, venturing into the realm of independent authors. So here is a list of a few graphic novels by women with a clear focus on giving female readers a property to enjoy.
This entry kind of goes without saying. Persepolis is a well known graphic novel detailing the life of a young girl growing up in the tumultuous time of revolutionary Iran. This novel actually received an impressive film adaptation, a rare feat for a graphic novel written by a woman. Not only is this an impressive memoir of a young girl, but it is also a candid look into a culture that doesn’t receive its fair share of attention.
Hark! A Vagrant
This fun series of comics takes a hilarious spin on history. I especially loved the Tesla/Edison comic. Most strips often take a feminist approach to historic events or scenes from classic literature. This is really a fun read for anyone that considers themselves a lover of history, literature, or feminism.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Here is another graphic novel that had a film adaptation. I did not see the movie, though, and I heard there were quite a number of problems with the director’s treatment of the actors and workers. That aside, the novel is quite compelling. It tells the tale of a woman who finds the diary of her dead lover. She re-experiences her relationship through the eyes of her partner. It is an interesting examination of how we see ourselves and those around us. It goes beyond the traditional LGBT story about coming to terms with your sexuality, breaking several common tropes.
Through the Woods
I’m not a huge horror fan, admittedly. I usually find them more funny than scary, but I’ve read a bit of this and it seemed to have a creepiness that stuck with as I tried to fall asleep that night. For my money, that is the highlight of a good work of horror.
I could go on and on about the women of the graphic novel industry. But the point here is, check out some of the stars in this medium. I promise you won’t regret it.