We are the Ladydrawers. We’re a diverse group of people from all over the country who create comics, make books, write articles, do performance art, and fill out giant spreadsheets full of data based on original research we conduct on labor, economics, gender, sexuality, and race in the comics industry. Women make up 51% of the world’s population yet hold only 25% of the paid gigs in cultural production. In comics, it’s worse: Male creators make up only 54% of the industry but get 90% of the freelance contracts, which translates into some very real pay inequities. On average, male creators make 3.5 times more than female ones from comics—and 19.5 times as much as trans, genderqueer, or non-binary gender creators.
We’ve got more data to share—and more research to do—so we’re asking for you to help fund a 160-page compilation of much of the work we’ve done in the last five years, plus exciting never-before-seen material from our wonderful collaborators throughout the US. The book will be two-color printed, assembled, and bound by a gender diverse group of local Chicago artisans. (Huge thanks to Spudnik Press!) It will be read in media and women’s studies classrooms and by comics fans around the world. Funding will cover printing, binding, assembling, generating content, editing, mailing, paying our contributors, and making it look amaze-balls: that’s why we need $20,000.
Yeah, you read that right: paying our contributors. Not much—unless we surpass our goal—but something. Because we value the labor in cultural production. And we think we're doing something right. Look at what people are saying about our work:
“Beautifully illustrated intellectual ammunition.” —ThinkProgress
“Depressing news, but the comic makes it a little easier to swallow”—Bitch
“Wry”—New York Times Magazine
Although our strips have appeared in Tin House, Annalemma, and on Truthout, and been praised by many more than the above, we’re not just another pretty face. We’re going to change the way your culture gets made—and change the way you learn about the world. Basically, we want to make everything more fun, and funnier. For everybody.
If you can’t donate, please share our campaign with your pals who might be able to. ‘Cause some of what we do is about money, but some of it is just about sharing information and making things more awesome—for everyone.