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Graphic Artists Are Women, Too!

Event features Sylvia creator Nicole Hollander, other cartoonists

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April 18, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- For three decades, nationally syndicated cartoonist Nicole Hollander has channeled her acerbic wit and razor-sharp sensibilities through “Sylvia,” her irascible comic strip character. Hollander will join Chicago artists Sarah Becan, Lucy Knisley, Corrinne Mucha and Heather McAdams for a lively conversation about graphic novels, comics and women at Northwestern University.

Titled “Women Artists, Words and Image,” the free, public discussion will take place Wednesday, May 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, on the University’s Evanston campus. It is presented by Northwestern’s Center for the Writing Arts.

Hillary Chute, author of “Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics,” will moderate the discussion.

About the participants:

Sarah Becan is a Chicago comic artist, author and designer who creates a daily web comic called “I Think You’re Sauceome.” A prolific mini-comics artist, she is the author of “The Complete Ouija Interviews,” which earned her the 2011 Outstanding Debut Award in Portland’s Stumptown Comic Fest. 

Lucy Knisley is the creator of “Stand Alone Comics” and author of “French Milk,” a drawn travel journal about living and eating in Paris. Inspired by a love for Archie Comics, “Tin Tin” and “Calvin and Hobbes,” the Chicago-born illustrator, comic artist, author and occasional puppeteer is at work on a second graphic novel project.

Heather McAdams is a filmmaker and graphic artist inspired by, among others, Dr. Seuss and R. Crumb. Nicole Hollander has called her cartoons “both funny and disturbing.” The creator of “Cartoon Girl,” she has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Kentucky and other institutions. Her cartoons appear in the Chicago Reader. 

Corrine Mucha is the author of “I Hate Mom’s Cat and Other Tails.” Her strip, “Barnyard Etiquette,” appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Much of her work is self-published, including a full-length graphic novel and nine mini-comics. Like Knisley and McAdams, she has been interviewed by Hollander as part of the next generation of women cartoonists.

For more information about the upcoming graphic novel event, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/writing-arts/ or call (847) 467-4099.