50 Hardcore Lady Type Comic Artists of 2016

’Tis the season for year-end lists, and there was one that ranked the 30 best comic book artists of 2016. There were some good picks on that list. But I took a step back and realized that women made up a mere 10% of it.

I’m not going to attribute this to any malice on the part of the lister. But the under-representation of women did make me…tired. It’s been a rough year for women, and Annie Wu’s work on Black Canary isn’t going to get a shoutout? Haven’t we been through enough?

Female fans have to fight to be taken seriously. Female professionals’ livelihoods depend on being taken seriously. Three out of thirty is a ratio that says, “Nice try, sweetheart.”

I may be branded a misandrist millennial who believes everyone should be given awards just for participation (I’m not). But. Below you will find a list that is 100% women pencillers, inkers, and/or colorists who produced great work in 2016. And I couldn’t stop at thirty names. There are fifty. They have made some of the most heartbreaking, hilarious, warm, and exciting comic books, graphic novels, graphic memoirs, collected webcomics, and manga of the year. Follow the links to a selection of those works and be on the lookout for what they do in 2017.

princessjellyfishAkiko Higashimura: Princess Jellyfish

Annie Wu: Black Canary

Audrey Mok: Josie and the Pussycats

Babs Tarr: Batgirl and Motor Crush

Brittney Williams: Goldie Vance

Caitlin Rose Boyle: Jonesy

Colleen Doran: Neil Gaiman’s Troll Bridge

Emma Ríos: I.D. and Pretty Deadly

unbeatable squirrel girl marvel universeErica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Jughead

Faith Erin Hicks: The Nameless City

Fiona Staples: Saga

Joëlle Jones: Lady Killer

Jordie Bellaire: Vision

Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird

Katie O’Neill: Princess Princess Ever After

Kelly & Nichole Matthews: Toil & Trouble

Laura Martin: Black Panther and Wonder Woman

Something New Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy KnisleyLucy Knisley: Something New

M. Victoria Robado: Jem and the Holograms and Archie Meets the Ramones

Maarta Laiho: Adventure Time and Lumberjanes: Makin’ the Ghost of It

Marguerite Sauvage: Faith and DC Comics: Bombshells

Megan Wilson: Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat!

Meredith Gran: Octopus Pie

jem-and-the-hologramsMeredith McClaren: Jem and the Holograms

Ming Doyle: DC Comics: Bombshells

Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur

Natalie Riess: Space Battle Lunchtime

Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman

Paulina Ganucheau: Another Castle

Pia Guerra: Y: The Last Man

Rachelle Rosenberg: Mockingbird

Raina Telgemeier: Ghosts

9780374300432Rebecca Mock: Compass South

Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman

Rosemary Valero-O’Connell: Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy

Ryo Hanada: Devils’ Line

Sana Takeda: Monstress

Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man

Sarah Andersen: Adulthood Is a Myth

rollingblackoutsSarah Glidden: Rolling Blackouts

Sarah Lippett: Stan and Nan

Sima Elizabeth Shefrin: Embroidered Cancer Comic

Sophie Campbell: Jem and the Holograms and Wet Moon

Tamra Bonvillain: Angel Catbird and Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur

Tana Ford: Silk

rat-queensTess Fowler: Rat Queens

Vanesa Del Rey: Scarlet Witch #1

Veronica Fish: Archie

Yancey Labat: DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis

Yoshitoki Oima: A Silent Voice

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