Drawing Power

Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival
Editor Diane Noomin
Introduction by Roxane Gay
 
Inspired by the global #MeToo Movement, Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival is a collection of original, nonfiction comics drawn by more than 60 female cartoonists from around the world. Featuring such noted creators as Emil Ferris, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, MariNaomi, Liana Finck, and Ebony Flowers the anthology’s contributors comprise a diverse group of many ages, sexual orientations, and races—and their personal stories convey the wide spectrum of sexual harassment and abuse that is still all too commonplace. With a percentage of profits going to RAINN, Drawing Power is an anthology that stokes the fires of progressive social upheaval, in the fight for a better, safer world. (Description from Abram Books website. Cover by Drawing Power contributor Sabba Khan)
 

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“The comics in Drawing Power add a striking visual dimension to the #MeToo movement. Something about the very visibility of the perpetrators in these stories—all very different, yet all somehow the same—brings home in a new way the extreme pervasiveness of sexual violence. By bearing witness quite literally to a wide range of traumatic incidents, the cartoonists in this book are changing not just the way we understand sexual assault, but the way we see it.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

“Reading these stories together is like hearing a thousand feet stomping in unison or looking at the sea or the earth from far enough away to see its curve. This is a human problem that can neither be denied nor represented through a single story. I feel horrified, sad, tender, and proud, and most of all I want us to do better.” —Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do and illustrator of A Different Pond