A discussion by the contributors of the new comics anthology DRAWING POWER


Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment and Survival (Abrams Comicarts)

Today we find ourselves at the center of a new kind of sexual revolution, one that is focused on amplifying the voices of survivors of sexual assault who have been systematically dismissed, shamed, stifled, and victim-blamed. Motivated by the wave of women who have come forward to tell their stories in recent years and the public exposure of powerful predators, comics creator Diane Noomin (Twisted Sisters anthology) has curated a collection that gives female cartoonists a platform to speak about their own personal experiences with assault, harassment, and rape culture. The result is a truly revolutionary comics anthology: Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival.

Edited by Noomin, Drawing Power includes sixty-three new and personal stories told through the powerful medium of comics. Featuring contributions from a wide-ranging group of international female cartoonists of many ages, sexual identities, and races, Drawing Power offers catharsis, social critique, humor, and disarming honesty about what it means to be a survivor. The comics in this anthology are a collective call for understanding, respect, and, most importantly, change. 

Praise for Drawing Power:

“By bearing witness quite literally to a wide range of traumatic incidents, the cartoonists in this book are changing not just the way we understand sexual assault, but the way we see it.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

Editor Diane Noomin is the creator of the comics character DiDi Glitz, editor of both Twisted Sisters anthologies, and was one of the early contributors to Wimmen’s Comix. She has been nominated for Harvey and Eisner Awards and received an Inkpot Award. Glitz-2-Go, a collection of Noomin’s art throughout her career, was published in 2013. Her work is included in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs collection. 

Lee Marrs is the first woman to work for DC Comics and Marvel simultaneously. She was also one of the founders of Wimmen’s Comix. An Emmy and Inkpot Award winner and 2016 Eisner Award nominee, Lee is best known for her Pudge, Girl Blimp series, now a book. Her other work includes Batman, Wonder Woman, Indiana Jones, and Gay Comics. Lee is the retired multimedia arts chair of Berkeley City College. 

Ajuan Mance is a professor of African American literature at Mills College and a lifelong artist and writer. Ajuan’s work has appeared in a number of online and print publications. Her art and comics use humor and color to explore the complexities of race and gender in the United States. 

MariNaomi is the author/illustrator of four graphic memoirs and a graphic novel trilogy. Her work has been featured in Bitch magazine, the Smithsonian, at the Cartoon Art Museum, and many other publications and institutions She created the Cartoonists of Color and Queer Cartoonists databases and is cohost of the Ask Bi Grlz podcast. Visit MariNaomi.com for more. 


Event date: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival By Diane Noomin (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Diane Noomin (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781419736193
Published: Abrams ComicArts - September 17th, 2019