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.)
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
Miscarry by Lee Marrs
Chynna Clugston Flores
Oppression awareness is vital. We should all be reading this, even if we don’t want to.
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