The Big Feminist BUT: Comics about Women, Men, and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism

Women now regularly run for the highest offices in the land, BUT turn the channel and we’re bombarded with Teen Moms and Real Housewives. Women can have any career they want, BUT they still have to contend with the tick tick tock of their biological clocks when it comes to their love lives. Of course, these days women can also choose not to have children at all, BUT will they really ever be truly fulfilled if they don’t? We know what we’re supposed to do if a guy turns out to be “not that into you,” BUT what if he is? What do we really mean when we start a sentence with the disclaimers, “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?

With The Big Feminist BUT, we’ve put together a first rate collection of comics that address a wide spectrum of great big BUTS! We started a conversation - and now we need your help to keep it going.

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 to "but" into the heated conversation about the much more level but still contradictory playing field both sexes are struggling to find their footing on today. By using the unique storytelling power of comics to discuss hot-button issues in a fun, fresh and engaging way, our contributors’ very graphic tales will entertain, move and inform readers about everything from modern families and lifestyles to significant historical events and ideas alongside current social trends.

Fans of Bitch Magazine, Jezebel, Love and Rockets, Wonder Woman, and Mad Men will all find something to enjoy here, as will anyone who likes to read thoughtful, compelling, top-notch comics! 

Contributors to The Big Feminist BUT:

Trevor Alixopulos (The Hot Breath of War, Mine Tonight, Sparkplug Comic Books) Charlie Jane Anders (Editor,, Andrice Arp (Hi-Horse, Mome, The Graphic CanonGabrielle Bell (The Voyeurs, Lucky, Regular Best American Comics Contributor), Liz Baillie (My Brain Hurts, FreewheelJeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Chronicle Books), Ric CarrasquilloRob Clough (The Comics Journal, Studygroup Magazine), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman, Drawn & Quarterly)Abby Denson (City Sweeth ToothDolltopia, Green Candy Press), Barry Deutsch (Hereville, Amulet Books), Emily Flake (The New Yorker, Lulu Eightball), Hillary Florido (Regular Show, Two-time Best American Comics Notable Comics Recipient) Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse), , Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Fantagraphics) ,  Suzanne Kleid (NPR, The Believer Magazine), Beth Lisick (Everybody into the Pool, Helping Me Help Myself, William Morrow Paperbacks), Stina Lofgren (Contributing Illustrator/Author to The New York Times and Galago/Ordfront Magazine), Ulli Lust (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of your Life, Electrocomics), Corrine Mucha (2012 Ignatz Winner for The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions), MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell, Harper Perennial), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, Pantheon) Shannon O'Leary (Regular contributor to The Beat and Publishers WeeklyPet Noir, Manic D Press) Sarah Oleksyk (Regular Show, 2012 Eisner nominee for Ivy, Oni Press) Virginia Paine (Sparkplug Comic Books, publisher) Kai Pfeiffer (Electrocomics, Publisher) Mark Pritchard (Too Beautiful and Other Stories, Cleis Press), MK Reed (Americus, First Second Books), Ron Rege, Jr. (Cartoon Utopia, Fantagraphics), Joan Reilly (Hi-Horse, Alternative Comics, Working: A Graphic Adaptation, The New Press), Jesse Reklaw (The Night of Your Life, Dark Horse Comics), Kat Roberts (Act-i-vate), Hugo Schwyzer ( Lisa Ullmann (The Ricky Gervais Show), Angie Wang (Contributing Illustrator to The New Yorker and The New York Times), Jen Wang (Koko Be Good, First Second Books), Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories, Henry Holt & Co.) Dylan Williams (Sparkplug Comic Books), Britt Wilson (Britt Wilson's Greatest Book On Earth, Conundrum Press), Sari Wilson (Pushcart Prize Nominee), Andi Zeisler (Editor and Co-founder, Bitch Magazine)