The Big Feminist BUT

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May 2014

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“A truly killer lineup of cartoonists.” – Rob Clough, High-Low Comics

The Big Feminist BUT: Comics about Women, Men and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism
is a comics anthology that asks: What do we really mean when we say, “I’m not a feminist, BUT…” or “I am 100% a feminist, BUT…”?

What do our great big “BUTs” say about where things stand between the sexes in the 21st Century?

We asked some of the most talented ladies (and gentlemen) working in comics and animation today, along with some of the smartest writers we know, including Lauren Weinstein, Jeffrey Brown, Sarah Oleksyk, Gabrielle Bell, Justin Hall, Ron Rege Jr., Vanessa Davis, Josh Neufeld, Andi Zeisler, Angie Wang, Ulli Lust (winner of the 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize for graphic novels/comics) and a whole lot more, to “but” into the heated discussion about the much more level but still contradictory playing field both sexes are struggling to find their footing on today.

“One of the great strengths of this book: that no matter where you’re coming from, you’re bound to find an idea or two in here that are surprising or unexpected. And while none of the stories are preachy – many, in fact, are quite the opposite – you could easily find yourself considering some alternative points of view.” — Sean Kleefeld,
Freaksugar

“Truth. Thankfully,
The Big Feminist BUT is strong anthology work, with an emphatic and seriously-felt point of view. The criteria is also incredibly multifaceted: no one involved questions the need to use the word “feminism,” the authors just differ over what the term means and how to apply it in everyday life.” – Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine

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Comics Alliance

•Comics website and blog

“Many of the contributors to the collection are some of the best creators in the field of black and white, autobiographical comics. If you’re a fan of that genre, you’ll likely enjoy the conversations and through-provoking discussions that The Big Feminist BUT will hopefully create within your own head and in the comics community.”

Comics Beat

•Comics website and blog

“It has a bunch of kick ass contributions. The stories inside – edited by Joan Reilly and Shannon O’Leary – aren’t just one-note lectures. Some stories are multi-layered essays as the contributors grapple with their own issues – accepting images of female power, potential spinsterhood, childlessness. Others are nuanced examinations of the power balance between women and men – or women and women. Some are just funny. Given the range of contributors, it’s no surprise that the contents are so strong, but such 'theme' anthologies are often wildly uneven, and it’s a credit to editors O’Leary and Reilly that it’s such a strong, thoughtful work.”

The Comics Journal

•American comics magazine

“This is a smart, solidly edited collection that will hopefully spark further discussion and give feminism the little boost it needs every so often.”