Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins at Comic-Con International 2018, July 19-23 at the San Diego Convention Center

Photo: Rachelle Steele


Cartoonist, comics herstorian, Wimmin’s Comiz, Women and the Comics

Trina Robbins has been drawing and writing comics since 1966, when she drew comics for the East Village Other, New York’s iconic underground newspaper, while at the same time designing and selling clothes from her Lower East Side boutique, Broccoli. In 1970, she produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain't Me, Babe. In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of Wimmin's Comix, the longest-lasting women's anthology comic book (1972–1992).

In the mid-1980s, tired of hearing publishers and editors say that girls don't read comics and that women had never drawn comics, she co-wrote (with catherine yronwood) Women and the Comics, the first of what would become a series of histories of women cartoonists.  She has been responsible for rediscovering previously forgotten early women cartoonists such as Nell Brinkley, Tarpe Mills, Barbara Hall, and Lily Renee.

In 1986 she became the first woman to draw a Wonder Woman comic book.

In 2013 Trina was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.  In 2017 she was inducted into the Wizard World Hall of Legends, and at the San Diego Comic-Con she received the Eisner Award for editing the two-volume reprint collection of The Complete Wimmin’s Comix.