Book Feature: Dynamite Damsels by Roberta Gregory
Today’s feature is the comic book Dynamite Damsels by the well-known lesbian artist/author Roberta Gregory. Her first comic collection, it was self-published in 1976 and celebrated its 35th anniversary last year. Ms. Gregory is from southern California, and her father was an artist for Disney.
She is best known for her character “Bitchy Bitch” in a series of comics titled Naughty Bitch.
Dynamite Damsels includes several graphic stories, all with themes around women’s rights, women’s lib, living as a lesbian, being part of the women’s movement, etc. There aren’t any superheroes (except for the tongue-in-cheek “Superdyke”); rather, her characters are real women dealing with real issues.
Ms. Gregory currently lives in Seattle and still writes and draws; she has plans to release a graphic novel featuring Bitchy Bitch in the near future.
In the 1970’s-80’s, there were a number of LGBTQ comic book artists. Many of them (including Ms. Gregory) published individual comics in anthologies such as Gay Comix, Gay Hearthrobs, Meat Men, etc. Many women were represented in this group–the most notable being Roberta Gregory and Alison Bechdel, both of whom have gone on to publish their work in solo anthologies and graphic novels.
The back cover from Dynamite Damsels is also pretty great:
For more information about Roberta Gregory, visit her website: www.robertagregory.com.