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Comics legend Trina Robbins has never backed down from a fight, and her latest comics anthology is taking on the Supreme Court’s recent decision blocking people from controlling their own health care. Won’t Back Down is an anthology by a diverse group of talented multi-gendered artists that explores the impact that recent Supreme Court decisions have had on access to safe and legal abortion. Contributors include Lee Marrs, Joëlle Jones, Leah Williams, Chrissy Williams, Alison Sampson, and many others (see a complete list at the end of this post.)

Amy Chu interviews Trina Robbins at her WpnderCon 2023 spotlight panel

The Zoop crowdfunding campaign to fund Robbins’ Won’t Back Down is currently live and taking pledges until Monday, April 24, 2023.

From personal stories to bold statements of defiance, this collection spans a range of approaches to this issue. Robbins told The Beat: “1940s woman cartoonist Lily Renee was a Viennese refugee from the Nazis. She fought back the only way she could — with pen and ink on paper. The heroine she drew—Senorita Rio—fought the Nazis in a comic book. In my anthology, Won’t Back Down, the writers and artists fight the rogue Supreme Court the way we can, with ink and paper. Everyone fights in a different way, but we all fight back.”

Robbins’ long career as a cartoonist, activist and “herstorian” spans nearly fifty years. She has written and drawn comics from Honey West to Barbie, and was the first woman to draw Wonder Woman. Her books The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913–1940 (Fantagraphics, 2009) and Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury (IDW Publishing, 2011) were nominated for Eisner awards and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper (Graphic Universe, 2010), the first in a six-book series, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her most recent books are Gladys Parker, a life in comics, a passion for fashion (Hermes Press , 2022) and the Eisner winning The Flapper Queens (Fantagraphics, 2020) In 2013, she was voted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

Here’s a look at the contents, and a list of contributors

Lee Marrs_Miscarry_Page 1.jpgMiscarry by Lee Marrs

Force Birth Nation by Eve Furchgott
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A Lonely Childhood by Grace Gordon, Joelle Barreto, Grace Desmarais, and Isabell Struble
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Careless Love: UnWanted Pregnancy in Folk Song by Sharon Rudahl

Alison Sampson
Amy Chase
Anina Bennett
Barbara Kaalberg
Barbara Kesel
Bridgit Connell
Brigid Alverson
Carrie Tupper
Casey Gilly
Cat Mihos
Chynna Clugston Flores
Clayton Moore
Dani Colman
Dave McCaig
Deanna Soukiasian
Dee Cunniffe
Domo Stanton
Emily Cohen
Gene Ha
Grace Desmarais
Grace Gordon
Isabell Struble
Janet Harvey
Janice Chiang
Jennifer Camper
Jeremy Whitley
Jessica Balboni
Jill Thompson
Joanne S
Joelle Barreto
Joyce Chin
Kate Charlesworth
Lee Marrs
Marguerite Sauvage
Mariah Huehner
Robert Triptow
Rori Business
Ryan Oakley
Sabrina Jones
Sabs Cooper
Sayra Begum
Sharon Rudahl
Stephanie Cooke
Taylor Esposito
Tess Fowler
Thomas Orzechowski
Tony Parker
Trina Robbins
Yanick Paquette


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