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More than 60 female comics creators share their personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment through new and original comics Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world. Featuring su More than 60 female comics creators share their personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment through new and original comics Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world. Featuring such noted creators as Emil Ferris, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, MariNaomi, Liana Finck, and Ebony Flowers the anthology’s contributors comprise a diverse group of many ages, sexual orientations, and races—and their personal stories convey the wide spectrum of sexual harassment and abuse that is still all too commonplace. With a percentage of profits going to RAINN, Drawing Power is an anthology that stokes the fires of progressive social upheaval, in the fight for a better, safer world. Full list of contributors: Rachel Ang, Zoe Belsinger, Jennifer Camper, Caitlin Cass, Tyler Cohen, Marguerite Dabaie, Soumya Dhulekar, Wallis Eates, Trinidad Escobar, Kat Fajardo, Joyce Farmer, Emil Ferris, Liana Finck, Sarah Firth, Mary Fleener, Ebony Flowers, Claire Folkman, Noel Franklin Katie Fricas, Siobhán Gallagher, Joamette Gil, J. Gonzalez-Blitz, Georgiana Goodwin, Roberta Gregory, Marian Henley, Soizick Jaffre Avy Jetter, Sabba Khan, Kendra Josie Kirkpatrick, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Nina Laden, Miss Lasko-Gross, Carol Lay, Miriam Libicki Sarah Lightman, LubaDalu, Ajuan Mance, MariNaomi, Lee Marrs, Liz Mayorga, Lena Merhej, Bridget Meyne, Carta Monir, Hila Noam Diane Noomin, Breena Nuñez, Meg O’Shea, Corinne Pearlman, Cathrin Peterslund, Minnie Phan, Kelly Phillips, Powerpaola, Sarah Allen Reed, Kaylee Rowena, Ariel Schrag, M. Louise Stanley, Maria Stoian, Nicola Streeten, Marcela Trujillo, Carol Tyler, Una, Lenora Yerkes, Ilana Zeffren      


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More than 60 female comics creators share their personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment through new and original comics Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world. Featuring su More than 60 female comics creators share their personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment through new and original comics Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world. Featuring such noted creators as Emil Ferris, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, MariNaomi, Liana Finck, and Ebony Flowers the anthology’s contributors comprise a diverse group of many ages, sexual orientations, and races—and their personal stories convey the wide spectrum of sexual harassment and abuse that is still all too commonplace. With a percentage of profits going to RAINN, Drawing Power is an anthology that stokes the fires of progressive social upheaval, in the fight for a better, safer world. Full list of contributors: Rachel Ang, Zoe Belsinger, Jennifer Camper, Caitlin Cass, Tyler Cohen, Marguerite Dabaie, Soumya Dhulekar, Wallis Eates, Trinidad Escobar, Kat Fajardo, Joyce Farmer, Emil Ferris, Liana Finck, Sarah Firth, Mary Fleener, Ebony Flowers, Claire Folkman, Noel Franklin Katie Fricas, Siobhán Gallagher, Joamette Gil, J. Gonzalez-Blitz, Georgiana Goodwin, Roberta Gregory, Marian Henley, Soizick Jaffre Avy Jetter, Sabba Khan, Kendra Josie Kirkpatrick, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Nina Laden, Miss Lasko-Gross, Carol Lay, Miriam Libicki Sarah Lightman, LubaDalu, Ajuan Mance, MariNaomi, Lee Marrs, Liz Mayorga, Lena Merhej, Bridget Meyne, Carta Monir, Hila Noam Diane Noomin, Breena Nuñez, Meg O’Shea, Corinne Pearlman, Cathrin Peterslund, Minnie Phan, Kelly Phillips, Powerpaola, Sarah Allen Reed, Kaylee Rowena, Ariel Schrag, M. Louise Stanley, Maria Stoian, Nicola Streeten, Marcela Trujillo, Carol Tyler, Una, Lenora Yerkes, Ilana Zeffren      

30 review for Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Powerful testimony to the shitty behavior of men and the strength of the women who have suffered it, survived it, and stood up to tell their stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Excellent, powerful, infuriating, sometimes even downright lovely comics by a truly impressive array of comics artists, including some personal favorites and several folks whose work I was previously unfamiliar with but quite impressed by. My more in-depth review is now up at tcj: http://www.tcj.com/reviews/drawing-po... Excellent, powerful, infuriating, sometimes even downright lovely comics by a truly impressive array of comics artists, including some personal favorites and several folks whose work I was previously unfamiliar with but quite impressed by. My more in-depth review is now up at tcj: http://www.tcj.com/reviews/drawing-po...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars This is a really amazing collection for both it’s breadth and its depth. The anecdotes shared cover a wide range of experiences -- from one artist’s 12-year older daughter’s “no” being ignored by a male classmate to another who’s repeatedly raped by her brother -- by a wide range of voices: queer, trans, non-binary, POC, those living in and outside the US, etc. I saw myself in a lot of these anecdotes. I was raped when I was 23-years old by a friend’s boyfriend. When I was Actual rating: 4.5 stars This is a really amazing collection for both it’s breadth and its depth. The anecdotes shared cover a wide range of experiences -- from one artist’s 12-year older daughter’s “no” being ignored by a male classmate to another who’s repeatedly raped by her brother -- by a wide range of voices: queer, trans, non-binary, POC, those living in and outside the US, etc. I saw myself in a lot of these anecdotes. I was raped when I was 23-years old by a friend’s boyfriend. When I was 11, a family friend molested me and attempted to rape me. Without going in to too much detail, neither of these situations were a “typical” rape/assault experience and I didn’t feel like a “typical” victim. For years, I wondered if I was even a “real” victim, blamed myself for what happened to me, and minimized what happened because I didn’t think the incidents were traumatic enough (whatever that means). These stories also don’t cover the innumerable instances of gender-based harassment I’ve faced at the workplace as a public librarian. I knew that rape, assault, and harassment happened to other people, but I wasn’t accustomed to sharing my story and as a young 20-something year old, was only just starting to see this discourse happening online. Works like this break the silence and shatter preconceived notions like the ones I had. No one should be forced to share their stories but those who can and do are helping many. So, needless to say, I highly recommend this. Huge trigger warnings, but if you’re in a healthy place, this is 100% worth reading. I’ve discovered a lot of artists I’d like to look further into too, which is always a bonus with anthologies.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Trigger Warning: Incest, Rape, and Sexual Violence. Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of over sixty autobiographical comics collected and edited by Diane Noomin with and introduction by Roxane Gay. The #MeToo is elaborated as a movement, not just a moment, in this diverse, unblinkingly honest anthology of sixty-three autobiographical comics. For the most part this anthology is written constructed rather well. Each short piece, ranging from Trigger Warning: Incest, Rape, and Sexual Violence. Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of over sixty autobiographical comics collected and edited by Diane Noomin with and introduction by Roxane Gay. The #MeToo is elaborated as a movement, not just a moment, in this diverse, unblinkingly honest anthology of sixty-three autobiographical comics. For the most part this anthology is written constructed rather well. Each short piece, ranging from a few panels to a few pages, explores the specific cartoonist's experiences of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence in varying art styles and approaches – most don't come to a clear resolution. However, the focus is on exposure rather than neatly sewing up a raw experience. Yet whether they are optimistic or nihilistic, abstract or exactingly inked, each entry presents its own startling truth. The strength of this collection comes from its diversity both of breadth and depth. The anecdotes shared cover a wide range of experiences from a wide range of voices from queer, trans, non-binary, POC from around the world. Like most anthologies there are weaker contributions and Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is not an exception. To be clear, it is not the stories that the problems lay, albeit it was a tad repetitive in some cases, but in its construction. Granted some art is better than others as there were a few that was difficult to decipher, but also some comics felt a tad too cluttered, which made the reading experience difficult. All in all, Drawing Power: Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a powerful testimony to the strength of women who has suffered through sexual violence, survived it, and stood up to tell their stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bri 🌻

    A little repetitive and some of the pages were hard to read because they were all black and white but also very cluttered. Still really good and important. It was like the graphic novel version of not that bad!! Loved it!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Oriana

    What led me here: "Body of work: how the graphic novel became an outlet for female shame" by Kristen Radtke in The Guardian. What led me here: "Body of work: how the graphic novel became an outlet for female shame" by Kristen Radtke in The Guardian.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Each individual story is powerful, but as a collection, it's awesome and devastating, as well as inclusive along all sorts of axes. I had to take my time with this collection as I found it brutal to not take a break between stories. I'm surprised that there weren't more well-known contributors (although there certainly are a few), but this was a great opportunity to be exposed to new-to-me artists. Each individual story is powerful, but as a collection, it's awesome and devastating, as well as inclusive along all sorts of axes. I had to take my time with this collection as I found it brutal to not take a break between stories. I'm surprised that there weren't more well-known contributors (although there certainly are a few), but this was a great opportunity to be exposed to new-to-me artists.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    This is an extraordinary collection that I cannot recommend enough. Especially to men. We need to know what women go through, fellas. Here's a very easy way to hear a bunch of stories about the awful experiences women have in regards to sexual violence. And I was delighted to find so many creators that were new to me. All but one of the contributors I had not heard of before. And this book is just full of incredible work. Check it out! This is an extraordinary collection that I cannot recommend enough. Especially to men. We need to know what women go through, fellas. Here's a very easy way to hear a bunch of stories about the awful experiences women have in regards to sexual violence. And I was delighted to find so many creators that were new to me. All but one of the contributors I had not heard of before. And this book is just full of incredible work. Check it out!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Diamond

    I don't usually like graphic material but the subject matter was so important that I was able to appreciate it. The collection shows diverse responses to sexual violence and harassment. The only thing they agree on is the desire to survive and find ways to cope with the consequences to their lives. Out of the more than sixty presented, the ones I liked best were (in order of the contents): The Smell of Your Hair by Cathrin Peterslund, Borders Broken Edges Blurred by Sabba Khan, Destroy Everything I don't usually like graphic material but the subject matter was so important that I was able to appreciate it. The collection shows diverse responses to sexual violence and harassment. The only thing they agree on is the desire to survive and find ways to cope with the consequences to their lives. Out of the more than sixty presented, the ones I liked best were (in order of the contents): The Smell of Your Hair by Cathrin Peterslund, Borders Broken Edges Blurred by Sabba Khan, Destroy Everything You Touch by Rachel Ang, Beehive by Marcela Trujillo, Got Over It by Lee Marrs, They Aren't Dancing by M. Louise Stanley, Asian Girls by Meg O'Shea, Sleeping Fury by Liz Mayorga, Accidental Rape by Joyce Farmer, Blackie from the Deuce by J. Gonzalez-Blitz, She Bites Back by Tyler Cohen, The Promenade by Sarah Lightman, Fire by Kelly Phillips, Let's Not Get it On by Nina Laden, Self-Forgiveness by Kat Fajardo, Two Words by Minnie Phan, Unraveling by Georgiana Goodwin, Photographs of Wild Beasts by Kaylee Rowena, Hanging with the Guys by Siobhan Gallagher, Surprise Bogs by Caitlin Cass, A Lifetime by LubaDalu, and How Cartoons Became My Friends Again by Emil Ferris

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Garden

    This is a hell of a collection.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a very depressing, yet inspiring compeliation book about rape, and sexual assault, and all things that have been done to women. It is each woman’s story. The best way to sum up this very powerful book, is to comment on the comment one of the chracters makes after the daughter bites someone because they wouldn’t stop harassing them. “Sometimes, a person just got to be bit.” There are some really horrid men out there, and the cartoonists lay it all bare, so to speak. Highly recommended, but b This is a very depressing, yet inspiring compeliation book about rape, and sexual assault, and all things that have been done to women. It is each woman’s story. The best way to sum up this very powerful book, is to comment on the comment one of the chracters makes after the daughter bites someone because they wouldn’t stop harassing them. “Sometimes, a person just got to be bit.” There are some really horrid men out there, and the cartoonists lay it all bare, so to speak. Highly recommended, but be prepared to be outraged.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tina Economou

    Best book I've read all year. Definitely took awhile to read...I had to pause after each story. This collection really shows how powerful visual storytelling can be...how it can capture experiences in really nuanced ways. Also, this book introduced me to dozens of artists I wasn't familiar with. Best book I've read all year. Definitely took awhile to read...I had to pause after each story. This collection really shows how powerful visual storytelling can be...how it can capture experiences in really nuanced ways. Also, this book introduced me to dozens of artists I wasn't familiar with.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Little

    There are approximately eleventy-bazillion stories in this collection. Some of them are horrifying. Some of them are revolting. Some of them are bizarre. A lot of them are depictions of the banal, everyday, ordinary results of a culture that tolerates and even promotes toxic expressions of masculinity. It's not fun to read, but it's somewhat validating. Hopefully shedding light will make these stories less ubiquitous for my daughter's generation. There are approximately eleventy-bazillion stories in this collection. Some of them are horrifying. Some of them are revolting. Some of them are bizarre. A lot of them are depictions of the banal, everyday, ordinary results of a culture that tolerates and even promotes toxic expressions of masculinity. It's not fun to read, but it's somewhat validating. Hopefully shedding light will make these stories less ubiquitous for my daughter's generation.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Puc

    Check out my full review of this powerful, evocative anthology at The Beat: Click here. Check out my full review of this powerful, evocative anthology at The Beat: Click here.

  16. 5 out of 5

    c.s.

    "what would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? the world would split open." -muriel ruckeyser "what would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? the world would split open." -muriel ruckeyser

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robynn

    This an important collection with some great artists but with the short page number for each story, I was left wanting more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    Wow. This was a really powerful look at how pervasive sexual violence and/or harassment of women is. Each piece was a brief peek into experiences from a female comics life. These ranged from problematic encounters to severe abuse. Each artist brought her own personal style, which was nice because if one doesn't click, you know the next will be completely different. It's upsetting how long this was and knowing that so many other women could have added on as well. Wow. This was a really powerful look at how pervasive sexual violence and/or harassment of women is. Each piece was a brief peek into experiences from a female comics life. These ranged from problematic encounters to severe abuse. Each artist brought her own personal style, which was nice because if one doesn't click, you know the next will be completely different. It's upsetting how long this was and knowing that so many other women could have added on as well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Yates

    Great anthology of the all-too-common experience of sexual violence. In the introduction, Roxane Gay talks about the importance of visual communication for people to make sense of things beyond language, and it’s clear many have used this as a means to do just that. Lots of familiar and new voices here, I am especially looking forward to seeing more work from Trinidad Escobar and Sabba Khan.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louis Skye

    Very good but harrowing read. So many stories, familiar, resonant, deeply disturbing, beautifully drawn. Definitely need to read something fun after this, though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Saoirse

    ... wow...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Denise Larson

    Timely and important book for the #metoo times. Graphic artists tell their stories and we are able to connect the visual with the words. It took me a long time to get through this book because the stories often hit an emotional chord and I had take a break to allow my emotive gut reaction to heal.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A beautifully-illustrated book full of unique and heart-rending stories. Sometimes funny, other times serious, this is definitely something I want to look at again and again! The content is heavy but meaningful, and I could relate many of the stories shared in this collection because of experiences that have happened to me or those I know. It is definitely a worthwhile read, and gives a valuable insight into the minds of women who have suffered trauma and are still experiencing the ramifications A beautifully-illustrated book full of unique and heart-rending stories. Sometimes funny, other times serious, this is definitely something I want to look at again and again! The content is heavy but meaningful, and I could relate many of the stories shared in this collection because of experiences that have happened to me or those I know. It is definitely a worthwhile read, and gives a valuable insight into the minds of women who have suffered trauma and are still experiencing the ramifications from that.

  24. 4 out of 5

    S

    A gem of a book. Not an easy read on a smaller device as some of the comic writing is too small.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Compelling, gorgeous, powerful graphic stories of survival.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    oof.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anne Jaconette

    Have only made it through about a quarter of the comics in this book but am amazed by the resilience of the creators to share. Beautiful book and exceptionally created.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Franchesca

    Powerful words and images from women of various backgrounds about their own personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment. Some are very blunt, some more subtle, and others use metaphor, but each is powerful in teaching us about the dangers in the world and society today and showing us that we all have the power to heal even if others don't always understand our process. Each person has their own coping skills for dealing with trauma and this book really highlights that. I won this big Powerful words and images from women of various backgrounds about their own personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment. Some are very blunt, some more subtle, and others use metaphor, but each is powerful in teaching us about the dangers in the world and society today and showing us that we all have the power to heal even if others don't always understand our process. Each person has their own coping skills for dealing with trauma and this book really highlights that. I won this big, beautiful book in a Goodreads giveaway!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Irwin

    This book is powerful in its ability to create solidarity, but the shortness of the vinets makes it fall short of any real revelations or points

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This anthology is amazing in both its breadth and its depth. The anecdotes shared cover a widely varying range of experiences—stories of hope and stories of heartbreak, a story in which a woman is assaulted by a stranger and another who is repeatedly raped by her brother. The stories are told by a diverse collection of voices with people of colour, queer, trans, and non-binary authors telling their first-hand accounts of their lived experiences. Like majority of the audience of this book, I saw This anthology is amazing in both its breadth and its depth. The anecdotes shared cover a widely varying range of experiences—stories of hope and stories of heartbreak, a story in which a woman is assaulted by a stranger and another who is repeatedly raped by her brother. The stories are told by a diverse collection of voices with people of colour, queer, trans, and non-binary authors telling their first-hand accounts of their lived experiences. Like majority of the audience of this book, I saw myself in a lot of the stories told within these pages. The how and why of that is not something I will express here but it is worthy of note, as is the fact that none of the stories told within this anthology are isolated, unique, or ‘special’. A lot of the comics in this book have very similar stories to ones only a dozen pages before, because rape culture, sexual assault and harassment are commonplace globally. There is no escape. This is an extraordinary collection. I began reading this on May 15 and took my time as I read, doing my best to absorb the art style and the trauma being expressed. This is a powerful testimony of people who have suffered and survived abuse, betrayal, and pain. This was awesome and devastating. The raw emotion that breathes within the pages of this book is palpable; grief and rage, hatred and love, and an unflinching, unbridled fury. I could almost taste the ichor. While I appreciate all the stories told and appreciate the artists who took the time to tell their stories, to unearth old and sometimes buried traumas in order to speak out and help give a voice to others; I do have a few favourites. Sabba Khan, Liz Mayorga, Kelly Phillips, Nina Laden, Wallis Eates, Minnie Phan, and Kaylee Rowena are the artists and writers of the comics that struck home for me, the stories I got up from my bed or my desk to talk about with others—these are the ones I also took into quieter moments, the stories I curled up in bed thinking about. “When I was asked to submit something to this anthology, I thought of you. You, the beautiful monster holding this book in your claws.”

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