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Twisted Sisters is an all-female underground comics anthology initially put together by Aline Kominsky and Diane Noomin, published in various forms from 1976 to 1994. In addition to Kominsky (later Kominsky-Crumb) and Noomin, contributors to Twisted Sisters included M. K. Brown, Dame Darcy, Julie Doucet, Debbie Drechsler, Mary Fleener, Phoebe Gloeckner, Krystine Kryttre, Carol Lay, Dori Seda, and Carol Tyler.

Twisted Sisters
The cover of Twisted Sisters #1. Art by Aline Kominsky.
Publication information
PublisherLast Gasp (1976)
Kitchen Sink Press (1994)
ScheduleIrregular
Publication date1976 - 1994
Creative team
Created byAline Kominsky and Diane Noomin
Artist(s)M. K. Brown, Dame Darcy, Julie Doucet, Debbie Drechsler, Mary Fleener, Phoebe Gloeckner, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Krystine Kryttre, Carol Lay, Caryn Leschen, Carol Moiseiwitsch, Diane Noomin, Dori Seda, Fiona Smyth, Leslie Sternbergh, Carol Swain, Carol Tyler, Penny Moran Van Horn
Editor(s)Diane Noomin
Collected editions
Twisted Sisters: A Collection of Bad Girl ArtISBN 978-0140153774
Twisted Sisters, Volume 2: Drawing the LineISBN 978-0878163458

Twisted Sisters was the first "breakaway project" by former contributors to the ground-breaking all-female comix collective Wimmen's Comix.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In 1975, Wimmen's Comix contributors Kominsky and Noomin left that collective due to internal conflicts that were both aesthetic and political.[1] Kominsky-Crumb has later claimed that a large part of her break with the Wimmen's Comix group was over feminism-related issues, and particularly over her relationship with Robert Crumb, whom Wimmen's Comix editor Trina Robbins particularly disliked.[2]

Publication historyEdit

Kominsky and Noomin put together a 36-page one-shot issue of Twisted Sisters, published in June 1976 Last Gasp, which featured their own humorous and "self-deprecating"[3] stories and art.

In 1991, Noomin edited and put together a 260-page trade paperback anthology which she called Twisted Sisters: A Collection of Bad Girl Art (Viking Penguin), featuring the work of herself, Kominsky-Crumb, and 13 other female cartoonists, including many former Wimmen's Comix' contributors. All the work in the collection had been previously published, most of it in anthologies such as Weirdo and Wimmen's Comix.[3]

The success of that book led to Kitchen Sink Press publishing a four-issue Twisted Sisters Comix limited series in 1994, also edited by Noomin, with each issue featuring 44 pages of new comics by a number of female contributors. The limited series was subsequently collected in 1995 as Twisted Sisters, vol. 2: Drawing the Line. An exhibition of artists' work promoting the Kitchen Sink collection was held from January 19–February 18, 1996, at White Columns in New York City.[4]

IssuesEdit

AccoladesEdit

Twisted Sisters: A Collection of Bad Girl Art was nominated for the 1992 Eisner Award for Best Anthology.[5] The Twisted Sisters limited series was nominated for the 1995 Eisner Award for Best Anthology.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Williams, Paul. The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010), p. 139.
  2. ^ Kominsky-Crumb, Aline. (2007). Need More Love. New York: MQ Publications. ISBN 1-84601-133-7.
  3. ^ a b Noomin, Diane. "Wimmen's and Comix," a transcript of Noomin's presentation at the 2003 UF Comics Conference. Accessed July 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Art," New York Magazine (Jan. 29, 1996), p. 68.
  5. ^ "1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
  6. ^ "1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2008-01-30.