It’s International Women’s Day on March 8, and while we try to keep things very gender inclusive here on Geek.com and give props to men, women, and gender-nonconforming in equal proportions there’s nothing wrong with taking a little extra time to shine the spotlight on the fairer sex a little more. While the comic book industry has been viewed as a boy’s club for decades, behind the scenes some of the most innovative and creative artists have been women. Here are 11 names any serious comics geek should know and celebrate.
Montreal-born cartoonist Julie Doucet became one of the most iconic artists of the late 1990s with her series Dirty Plotte, a wild collage of dreams, fantasies and gritty realism limned in a deeply textured art style that improved by leaps and bounds every issue. Doucet stopped creating Dirty Plotte in 1998, moving on to longer form works and experimental collages. In 2006, she announced her retirement from the comics medium but she continues to make prints and other works.