Angela Bocage is a bisexual comics creator who published mainly in the 1980s and 1990s. Bocage was active in the queer comics community during these decades, publishing in collections like Gay Comix, StripAIDS USA, and Wimmen’s Comix. Bocage also created, edited, and contributed comics to Real Girl, a comics anthology.
Bocage was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She attended the University of California in Santa Cruz as an art major in the 1970s where she was part of the Graphic Stories Guild with Mark Clegg, another comics artist. She published a comic strip called “The Worm” in the Guild’s publication. The Graphic Stories Guild was a student-run comics club that published issues of student comics for distribution both on an off campus. While at Santa Cruz, Bocage also participated in the creation of fanzines “Slug Tesserae” and “Amoeba Earhart Flyer.” Also in college, Bocage created a women's section in the university newspaper. Bocage eventually went back to school for law and became an immigration attorney based in Boston.
Bocage worked at a headhunting firm but left in the 1980s to create comics. She also worked as a graphics editor for AIDS News Service, the organization that also published her comic "(Nice Girls Don't Talk About) Sex, Religion, and Politics."
Comics and ContributionsEdit
- Renegade Romance (1987)
- The Trouble with Girls (1987)
- StripAIDS USA (1988)
- Taboo (1988)
- Women's Glibber
- Choices (1990)
- Frighten the Horses
- East Bay Guardian
- Weird Smut
- Gay Comix issues 11 (1988) and 13 (1988)
- Wimmen's Comix issues 12 (co-editor with Rebecka Wright, artist of “Wild Heat”), 13 (artist of “Features”), 14 (back cover artist and artist of “On The Edge”), 16 (“Rust Belt Romance” and “Sons and Lovers”), 17 (“Prickophobia”)
- Lana's World
- "(Nice Girls Don't Talk About) Sex, Religion, and Politics"
- Real Girl (1990-1997)
In addition to creating her own comics, Bocage also did lettering for several other comics artists.
Real Girl is a comic anthology published by Fantagraphics Books that ran from 1990 to 1997. Comics in Real Girl highlight themes of gender, sexual orientation, and sex. Real Girl had nine published issues, all of them edited by Bocage. Bocage create comics for issues 5 (“Queer, With Children”), 6 (“Sex, Religion, and Politics”), 7 (“Our Wedding Night”), 8 (“Schlock Therapy” and “Educating Lance”), and 9 (“Angry Girls/Aaron Dreams,” “stupid questions/bi-girls,” and “Aaron Becomes Chimerical”). For the seventh issue of Real Girl, Bocage listed herself under her married name, Angela Gilden. Along with Bocage's own comics, Real Girl featured works from other comic artists.
Artists featured in Real Girl:
- Issue one: Donna Barr, Mary Fleener, Robert Triptow, Trina Robbins, Diane Noomin, Terry LaBan, Rebecka Wright, Mario Hernandez, Steve Lafler.
- Issue two: Mario Hernandez, Garret Gaston, Gerard Jones, Marvin Mann, Phoebe Gloeckner, Robert Triptow, Roxxie, Trina Robbins, Michael Botkin, Kate Worley, Reed Waller, Joan Hilty.
- Issue three: Colin Upton, Diane Noomin, Alison Bechdel, Roxxie, Garret Gaston, Kris Kovick, Mario Hernandez, Cheela Smith, Judy Becker
- Issue four: Peter Kuper, Sabrina Jones, Garret Gaston, Joan Hilty, Julie Frankie, Roxxie, Pete Friedrich, Judy Becker, Cheela Smith
- Issue five: Joan Hilty, Robert Kirby, Fish, Trina Robbins, Roberta Gregory, Roxxie, Angela Bocage, Cheela Smith, Jennifer Camper, Jaime Hernandez
- Issue six: Anne Bernstein, Steve Lafler, Robert Triptow, M.C. Betz, Trina, Leanne Franson, Julie Frankie, Angela Bocage, E. Fitz-Smith, Tom Tomorrow
- Issue seven: Josie Porter, Jayne Lazzeri, Roxxie, Pete Friedrich, David Gilden, Angela Bocage
- Issue eight: Angela Bocage, Seth Tobocman, David Gilden, Roxxie, Trina Robbins
- Issue nine: Fiona Smyth, Seth Tobocman, Lawrence Van Abbema, Angela Bocage, Trina Robbins, Sandy Spreitz
- Bocage, Angela (July 1991). Groth, Gary (ed.). "Define the Terms, Dismiss the Dregs, and Enjoy the Results: A Feminist's Case for Pornography". The Comics Journal. 143: 3–4.
- Ross, Bob; Mangels, Andy (1998). "A History of Contributors". Gay Comix 25. pp. 72–73.
- Warren, Roz (1995). Dyke Strippers: Lesbian Cartoonists from A to Z. Cleis Press. p. 23.
- Clegg, Mark (October 2018). "A Lifetime of Comics". UC santa Cruz Magazine. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
- White, Dan (March 2018). "Comic Relief". UC Santa Cruz Magazine. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
- Dooley, Kevin, ed. (1988). Amazing Heroes #141. Fantagraphics Books. p. 67.
- Groth, Gary, ed. (2016). The Complete Wimmen's Comix. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, Inc. ISBN 978-1-60699-898-4.
- Bocage, Angela (1990–1997). Real Girl 1-9. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books.CS1 maint: date format (link)