The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

Fantagraphics

Feb 12, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice Bookmark and Share


The Wimmen's Comix Collective came together in the early 1970s when the best-known underground comics were by male artists. Initially called It Ain't Me Babe Comix, Wimmen's Comix was one of the first produced by all females, and Complete gives a clear view of their sense of creative freedom. When the head shops carrying the books began fearing busts for selling potentially objectionable material, the book went on hiatus in 1977 before returning in 1982 to run for a full decade.

Even when the early issues appear at times to be the work of less-seasoned artists, the Wimmen's spirit and humor is always intact, and it doesn't take long for the series to fully hit its stride. Societal roles and sexuality are explored and examined freely, along with countless other subjects ("The Dread Platform Shoe Addiction of 1974," for one), and the range of artistic styles is impressive. Whether enjoyed as cultural artifacts, period pieces, or simply as comic books, these Comix continue to be an accomplishment worth celebrating. (www.fantagraphics.com)

Author rating: 7.5/10

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