It’s 1969. Underground comix express counter-cultural values in San Francisco (and elsewhere), breaking new ground with raw and fearless storytelling. Second-wave feminism simultaneously gains influence, reintroducing ideas of equality to American women. Comix captivated young female cartoonists with their openness and freedom of expression, but women were excluded by the male dominated comix scene. These frustrated feminist cartoonists produced their own work specifically to promote female empowerment. It Ain’t Me Babe, the first comic produced entirely by women, came out in 1970, sparking a wave of feminist comix in the 1970’s–80’s. Their legacy inspires countless female cartoonists today.
Printed at the worker-owned Stumptown Printers, Portland, OR.
This is #106 in the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series.
Emily Brymer is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic designer from Newark, DE.