6.8 x 9
104 Pgs
$21.95 CAD/USD

The alternative comics master offers an indelible and idiosyncratic take on the protofeminist

"[Woman Rebel] is fine work from an excellent cartoonist and I urge you to jump right in."—Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter, from his introduction

Peter Bagge's Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story is a dazzling and accessible biography of the social and political maverick, jam-packed with fact and fun. In his signature cartoony, rubbery style, Bagge presents the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist from her birth in the late nineteenth century to her death after the invention of the birth control pill. Balancing humor and respect, Bagge makes Sanger whole and human, showing how her flaws fueled her fiery activism just as much as her compassionate nature did. Sanger's life takes on a whole new vivacity as Bagge creates a fast-paced portrait of a trailblazer whose legacy as the founder of Planned Parenthood is still incredibly relevant, important, and inspiring.

Praise for Woman Rebel

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, a biography of the birth-control activist who defied the Comstock laws in the first half of the 20th century, is an unlikely but inspired pairing of author and subject.

Douglas Wolk, The New York Times

Peter Bagge [has] married his over-the-top, wild style of rubbery expressionism to the biography of a birth-control pioneer in his excellent new book, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story.

Michael Cavna, Washington Post

Cartoonist Peter Bagge scores again with this insightful and enjoyable biography of the birth-control advocate.

Whitney Matheson, USA Today

I've been reading Peter Bagge's comics since I was 13 years old...So I do not say this lightly: I think Bagge's new biography of Sanger, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, is the best work of his career.

The Stranger

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story [is] a zippy and rousing graphic biography [and] a work of tremendous concision and vigour.

The Guardian

[Woman Rebel] makes for a great read, full of politics, sex, controversy, yelling, feminism, and, of course, history.


An illustrated biography of the influential birth control activist, sex educator and nurse.

Los Angeles Times

[Woman Rebel] translates Sanger’s colorful life and vital work on behalf of women’s reproductive rights into a dynamic, relatively upbeat biography.

Anna Holmes, The New York Times

[Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story is] a zippy and rousing graphic biography of... the American birth-control campaigner... [and] a work of tremendous concision and vigour.

Rachel Cooke, The Guardian
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