Celebrate People's History: Feminist Comix

Emily Brymer
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
September 2016
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This is a pink, black, and white poster where there are characters in the center of the image surrounded by 6 bubbles of artists and writers. The title, "Feminist Comix" at the top. Beneath the images, there is text that reads: “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.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.