Cartoonist Suzy X talks about how getting triggered can ruin her whole week, at Bitch Magazine. What does it take to weather the storm? Self care, good friends, and a well formulated backup plan.
The GBC Anthology is coming true!
She did it! Portland artist Erika Rier finished her comic on time, and you can see it next month when the Grab Back Comics Anthology premiers. This book is going to be amazing. Stay tuned! https://www.instagram.com/p/BUXtO51DrX4/?taken-by=erika_rier&hl=en
Interview with graphic novelist T.O. Walker, author of Not My Shame
In her new book Not My Shame, T.O. Walker tells a story that I can really relate to. Published in the U.K. in 2017 by Singing Dragon, Not My Shame is a graphic memoir about assault, hard-earned survival, and the redemption of human connection. The non-linear narrative reflects the experiences of an assault survivor... Continue Reading →
Cat calls with nuance
From artist Jess Fink, some commentary on the flavors of street harassment she has encountered.
Even a parka doesn’t stop them!
Meredith Gran at Octopus Pie riffs on real life in NYC. She writes "New York is a city that never shuts down, and the lechers are no exception. In my time away from the city I’d forgotten just how persistent they are, even in the coldest weather. Those brave souls."
An interview with artist Kiko Galpin
In Monster, Artist Kiko Galpin tells a very personal story about life after sexual assault. Earlier this month, Kiko answered some questions from Grab Back Comics about the process of making this comic and publishing it in Room Magazine. Kiko says, "I wanted to convey the idea that this fear and discomfort doesn’t go away after the... Continue Reading →
Una: “The Thing That Helps Propel Me Forward Through My Life”
Una's book Becoming Unbecoming is a graphically beautiful story of a girl growing up in a community haunted by a serial rapist and murderer. When town authorities and the media place the burden of personal safety on women and girls, Una gets a clear message that her own experience with sexual violence is entirely her fault. J.... Continue Reading →
Call for Submissions!
Your story matters!! Through May 21, 2017, Grab Back Comics is accepting submissions of original comics on the topics of sexual assault, harassment, rape culture, or advocacy. Submissions will be posted on the Grab Back Comics website and included in a printed anthology that will be presented at the Comics & Medicine conference in Seattle in mid June. I will also mail... Continue Reading →
Interview with comics artist Amy Camber
Shortly after the presidential election, Seattle artist Amy Camber's comic "One Week Later" was a gift to those of us who were stunned and aching. Published on The Huffington Post, the comic now has more than 13,ooo views, likes, and shares. The message of grief and empathy was just what so many of us needed to... Continue Reading →
The strength to confront it
"How do you admit you’re a man who was sexually assaulted?" editorial comics artist Chris Kindred asks in his short comic My Black Skin Is Not An Invitation on Matter. This beautiful piece uses the comics form flawlessly, walking the reader through the morning after the assault, his friends' reactions, and his own framing and reframing of the experience. Kindred... Continue Reading →