The Brinkley Girls, World War I and American Patriotism in Womens Comics: A Talk by Trina Robbins TCAF

On Thursday May 8, 6-8 pm, American comics writer, artist and historian Trina Robbins, the author of a new book, Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, will give a public talk on the subject of the Brinkley Girls and war time patriotism at Ryerson University.

Nell Brinkley 1886-1944, the creator of the Brinkley Girl, published her cartoons in New Yorks popular periodicals such as Cosmopolitan and Harpers Magazine. Throughout her long career, which started when Brinkley was a teenager and spanned four decades to the 1940s, the illustrator shrewdly used her work to encode political messages, sympathizing with working women and making a series about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Biography:

Trina Robbins is a prolific author with a focus on women and feminist themes in comics. She is the author of The Great Women Superheroes: From Girls to Grrrlz, The Great Women Cartoonists, and Nell Brinkley and the New Woman in the Early 20th Century. She has also written a comic that throws a light on Lily Rene, Escape Artist, a biography in comics form about a holocaust survivor who went on to become a Golden Age comic book artist.

Robbins talk is co-hosted by the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics and the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Ryerson University.

Refreshments will be served. Books are available for purchase and will be signed by the author. This event is free of charge and open to the general public. All welcome.

The Brinkley Girls, World War I and American Patriotism in Womens Comics: A Talk by Trina Robbins

Thursday, May 8, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

@ MLC Gallery, Ryerson University, 111 Gerrard Street East, First Floor

Free to Attend, To RSVP, please contact: admin@mlc.ryerson.ca 416-979-5000 ext. 7668