True Comics Starring Women

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True Comics Starring Women

In Celebration of Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, I thought I'd make a list of some of my favorite graphic novels featuring women. These all happen to be biographies. 

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This title is crazy popular, so popular that it was turned into an animated movie. It's the story of author Marjane's early life in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Mari is not always a perfect little girl, and sometimes it gets her into some trouble. Also, spoiler alert: Not every one in Iran is a terrorist.

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Perhaps you've heard of the Bechdel test? Alison is that Bechdel. But she has more to offer the world than a simple gender equality test. Are You My Mother? is the story of her relationship with her mom. They didn't have the best relationship, so the book details her attempts to come to terms with that lack of relationship. It bounces around between her childhood, her dreams and later visits with psychologists. It's much cooler than I've made it sound. Trust me.

Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
Maggie is from the city, but has spent every summer for as long as she can remember at a girls camp in the middle of nowhere. She's never kissed a boy, and she finds herself attracted to an older counselor named Erin. Erin might or might not feel the same way. Maggie's friends keep her secret and push her to take a chance. Others are not so sympathetic to the cause. Can it end in any way other than heartbreak?

Bessie Coleman: Daring Stunt Pilot by Trina Robbins
Bessie was the first African-American woman to earn her pilot's license. She died early and tragically. This is her story. The artwork is a bit juvenile at times, but her story is amazing.

Flying Couch: a Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil
Amy tells the story of three women simultaneously. This is the story of her, her mother and her grandmother. Her grandmother was Jewish but escaped World War II by pretending not to be. Amy begins drawing to help her process what she has learned about her grandmother and her time in the Warsaw Ghetto. This story is her gift to us.

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Sorry, I'm ending the list with a couple of downers. This is story of author Thi and her family's escape from South Vietnam in the 1970s. Immigrating to a new place is never easy. Even more difficult, Thi must play two roles, that of daughter and new mother. But she is stronger than she realizes and soon learns that home is where you make it, and family can help make a house a home.