TCAF Welcomes Historian, Author, and Cartoonist, Trina Robbins!

trina_robbins_160x160The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to welcome Trina Robbins as a Featured Guest of TCAF 2014!

Trina Robbins is an acclaimed comics historian, who throughout her long career has done more to illuminate the vast and important contributions of women to the history of the comics medium than, frankly, anyone. Her groundbreaking works of historical writing including The Great Women Cartoonists have been adapted to course syllabuses across North America, and she is a co-founder of Friends of Lulu, a non-profit organization formed in 1994 to promote a female readership for comics, and encourage the participation of women in the comic book industry. Trina Robbins recently completed “the ultimate, revised history of women cartoonists” entitled Pretty In Ink, published by Fantagraphics Books. She will be at TCAF to promote and present from this important and necessary work.

Of course, none of this is to take away from her long and influential career as a cartoonist and author! Trina Robbins was one of the most active and visible women in the Underground Comix movement, acting as a cartoonist, publisher, and general booster of women’s participation in creating comics.  She was responsible for the first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe Comix, and was a pioneer of LGBTQ comics with her story “Sandy Comes Out” in Wimmen’s Comix #1, the first story featuring an out Lesbian. Robbins has a huge list of comics credits, including creating her own teenaged superhero GoGirl!, working on established properties like Barbie, Wonder Woman, and The Powerpuff Girls, and most recently Miss Fury and Honey West. In 2013, Robbins was inducted into the Eisner Awards cartoonist Hall of Fame.

“Trina Robbins is one of the icons of the underground comix generation, a cartoonist and creative person always pushing forward in ways that have influenced and inspired her peers and admirers. She has become in the decades since an equally valuable advocate for the recognition of great female cartoonists.” – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Trina Robbins will participate in various programs  at TCAF, including panels, presentations, and signings. Trina Robbins will also be giving a keynote address at the CSSC-SCEBD* Academic Conference, held adjacent to TCAF on Friday, May 9th, 2014. (Final schedules for programming will be released in late March.)

* CSSC-SCEBD: Canadian Society for the Study of Comics / Société canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée