Female Comic Book Writers and Artists

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Why this list? Unfortunately there is no easy way to browse and find female creators on Comicvine unless you already know who you are looking for. This list provides an overview of all the female talents from A to Z, by their given names, and some of their most recent and previous works. The link on the creators' names point to the wiki page that shows all the comics they are associated with.

Women in Comics concept: I know there is a difference between the female creators writing and drawing comic books and all the female heroes and villains appearing in these books but this concept is as close as it gets.

Searching: If you are looking for some name or comic book title simply use your web browser's search function. You can also find creators by a certain comic era and period they were active in: Golden Age (~1930-55), Silver Age (~1955-70), Bronze Age (~1970-85), 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.

Nationalities: All the artists and writers are Americans unless otherwise mentioned although this piece of information may not always be accurate. Let me know if there is a mistake and someone's nationality is indeed different.

Manga: All Mangaka are Japanese unless otherwise mentioned. Most of the manga books are created, written, and illustrated by only one comic artist, the Mangaka, unless otherwise mentioned. Where possible their works are linked to the English language versions.

NameRecent ComicsPrevious Comics

Adriana Melo
(Brazilian artist)

Adrienne Roy
(colorist)

Supreme colorist at DC Comics with 1.200+ issue credits mostly during the 1980s & 1990s.

Afua Richardson
(artist)

  • Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3(-4); upcoming: 02-25-2015

Agnes Garbowska
(Canadian artist)

Ai Yazawa
(Mangaka)

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Akira Amano
(Mangaka)

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Alex de Campi
(British-American artist)

Alessia Nocera
(Italian artist)
  • Grimm Fairy Tales (covers)

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Alice X. Zhang
(artist)

Alina Urusov
(Canadian artist)

Aline Kominsky-Crumb
(artist; married to Robert Crumb)

Bronze Age artist/writer.

Alisa Kwitney
(editor and occasional writer)

Best known as editor of Vertigo Comics in the 1990s.

Alison Bechdel
(cartoonist/author)

  • Dykes to Watch Out For (online comic strips)
  • Known for the Bechdel Test to determine whether a work of fiction is woman-friendly based on these 3 requirements: It has to have two women in it, who speak to each other, about something besides a man.

Alyssa Milano
(actress/creator)

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Amanda Conner
(artist/writer; married to Jimmy Palmiotti)

Amanda Lafrenais
(artist/toner)

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Amy Mebberson
(Australian/American artist)

  • My Little Pony comics

various comic adaptions:

  • Finding Nemo
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Muppet Show
Amy Reeder (Hadley)
(artist)
Amy Wolfram
(writer/screenwriter)
Angela Rufino
(editor)

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  • Vertigo editor
  • Fables comics
  • Hellblazer comics
  • House of Mystery comics

Ann Nocenti
(writer)

Anne Rice
(prose writer)

Known for her Vampire trilogy
(linked are the comic adaptions):

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Ariela Kristantina
(Indonesian artist)

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Ashley Witter
(artist/writer)

  • graphic novels

Ashly Raiti
(Asian-American Mangaka)

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Audrey Loeb
(writer; daughter of Jeph Loeb and sister of Sam Loeb)

-

  • various Hulk and Marvel comics
Babs Tarr
(artist)

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Barbara Ciardo
(Italian artist/colorist)
  • various DC covers
Barbara Randall Kesel
(writer/editor; was married to Karl Kesel)

Bronze Age writer.

Becky Cloonan
(artist/writer)
Beth Sotelo
(colorist)
Betsy Gonia aka "The Third G"
(colorist/editor)

Editor for various Top Cow comics.

Bobbie Chase
(editor)

Editor from late 1980s to early 2000s.

Caitlin Kittredge
(author/writer)
  • Black London (novels)
  • Iron Codex (novels)
  • Nocturne City (novels)
Carla Speed McNeil
(artist/writer)
  • Finder
Carol Lay
(artist/writer)

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  • Simpsons comics
Cat Staggs
(cover artist)

Celia Calle
(cover artist)

Chandra Free
(artist/writer)
  • The Mice Templar Vol. 4: Legend (colors)
Charlie "Spike" Trotman
(artist/writer)
Chiho Saito
(Mangaka)
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Chrissie Zullo
(cover artist)
Christie Scheele
(colorist)

Mostly active during Bronze Age, 1980s, and early 1990s.

Christina "Christy" Blanch
(writer)
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Christina Strain
(colorist)
  • various Marvel comics
  • Mary Jane comics
  • Runaways Vol. 1 / 2 / 3
Christina Weir
(writer)
Christine Boylan
(writer)

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Christine Norrie
(artist/writer)

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  • Hopeless Savages
Christy Marx
(writer)
Chynna Clugston Flores
(artist/writer)
  • Blue Monday (Oni Press)
  • It Girl!
Clamp
(Mangaka group)

Active since the late 1980s & 1990s and one of the first female Mangaka. Current members are main writer Nanase Ohkawa and artists Mokona, Satsuki Igarashi, Tsubaki Nekoi.

Colleen Coover
(artist/writer)

Colleen Doran
(artist/writer)

Active since the early 1990s.

Corinna Bechko
(writer)
Cris Peter
(Brazilian colorist)
Cuvie
(Mangaka)
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Cynthia Martin
(artist/penciler)

Mostly active in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Star Wars comics (1990s)
Dame Darcy
(artist/writer)

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Dann Thomas
(writer; married to Roy Thomas)

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Devin Grayson
(writer)

Active since the late 1990s.

Diana Egea
(inker)

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Diana Schutz
(editor)

Active since the late 1980s.

  • Dark Horse Comics (editor)
Diane Nelson
  • President of DC Entertainment since 2009
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Diane Noomin
(writer/artist/editor)
Bronze Age artist/writer & editor, and creator of the character DiDi Glitz.

Donna Almendrala
(artist/cartoonist)

Elena Casagrande
(Italian artist)
Elitta Fell
(letterer)
Letterer for many DC/Vertigo and independent comics in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Elizabeth "Bettie" Breitweiser (née Dismang)
(artist/colorist; married to Mitch Breitweiser)

Elizabeth "Liz" Glass
(writer)

Writer of the Eisner Award winning short story Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter published in...

Elizabeth Holloway Marston
(British-American psychologist; married to William Moulton Marston)

As a strong and liberated woman in the early 20st century, she was the great inspiration for Wonder Woman, created by her husband in 1941.

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Ellen Forney
(artist/writer/teacher)

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Ellie Pyle
(editor)
  • All-New Marvel comics
  • Marvel comics

Emanuela Lupacchino
(Italian illustrator)

Emi Lenox
(artist/writer)

  • some variant covers
  • Plutona (Image Comics; upcoming: Fall 2015)
  • Tadaima (Image Comics; upcoming: Summer 2015)

Emi Yonemura Brown
(artist/designer)

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Emily Carroll
(Canadian artist)

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Emily Shaw
(editor)

  • All-New Marvel comics
  • various Marvel comics

Emily Warren
(artist/colorist)

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Emma C. McKean
(cartoonist/writer)

Early Golden Age artist. First woman to contribute original material to a comic book, New Comics #1 (1935).

Emma Rios
(Spanish artist)

  • Hexed Vol. 2 (covers)
  • Island (Image Comics; upcoming: June 2015)
  • Pretty Deadly Vol. 2 (Image Comics; upcoming: Fall 2015)

Encar "Enkaru" Robles García
(Spanish writer/artist)

  • Trisquel (Spanish comic book)

Erica Henderson
(artist)

  • various Atomic Robo (inks/pencils/colors)

Erika Moen
(artist)

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Evangeline Lilly
(Canadian actor/writer)

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Faith Erin Hicks
(Canadian artist/writer)

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Felicia D. Hernderson
(writer/producer)

Mostly known as a writer and co-executive producer for TV-Series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Gossip Girl, and Fringe, among others.

Felicia Day
(writer)

  • Writer and creator of The Guild.

Fiona Kai Avery
(writer)

Mostly known as writer for Top Cow Productions.

Fiona Staples
(Canadian artist)

  • Saga (art/covers)
  • various variant covers

Florence "Flo" Steinberg
(writer/editor)

Mostly known as creator/writer for Marvel during the Silver Age.

Francesca Ciregia
(Italian artist)

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Fumi Yoshinaga
(Mangaka)

Mostly known for Ōoku: The Inner Chambers/Oooku, set in an alternate medieval Japan where a disease killed most of the male population. Now a harem of men is serving the female Shoguns.

Fuyumi Ono
(Mangaka)

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G. Willow Wilson
(writer)

Gail Renard
(Canadian writer)

Mostly known for John Lennon: Give Me a Chance and as writer of various Disney publications in the 1980s.

Gail Simone
(writer)

Genevieve Valentine
(novelist/writer)

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Grace Ellis
(writer)

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Grace Randolph
(writer/artists/internet host)
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Heidi MacDonald
(editor)

Active since mid 1990s and mostly early 2000s.

Helen Leigh
(editor/manager)

Editor & Office Manager of Skybound Entertainment (imprint of Image Comics)

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Helen Slater
(American actress)

Helen Slater portrayed Kara Zor-El/Linda Lee in the 1984 movie Supergirl.

Hiromu Arakawa
(Mangaka)

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Hope Larson
(artist/writer)
Mostly known for her award winning graphic novel Grey Horses.

Ikeda Riyoko
(Mangaka)

One of the most popular Japanese comics artist in the 1970s.
  • Lady Oscar (The Rose of Versailles)/Berusaiyu no Bara

Irene Flores
(Asian-American illustrator and Mangaka)

Ivory Madison
(American entrepreneur)

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Jackie Ormes
(cartoonist)
Jane Espenson
(writer/screenwriter/producer)
Known for writing various Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics for Dark Horse. Also know for writing and producing the TV series of the same name for several years.
Janelle Asselin aka Janelle Siegel
(editor)
Editor of various Batman & Batman related comics.
Janet K. Lee
(artist)
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Jeanine Schaefer
(editor)
Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
(German artist; married to Marko Djurdjevic)

Mostly known for her cover artwork.

  • various Marvel & Valiant covers
Jen Hickman
(artist/colorist)

Jen Van Meter
(writer)

Jenette Kahn
(editor)

Former Publisher, Editor-in-Chief and President of DC Comics between 1976 and 2002.
(Bronze Age, 1990s)

  • various DC comics

Jennifer Grunwald
(editor)

Editor for Marvel and Icon Comics.

Jenny Frison
(cover artist)
  • various covers
Jess Fink
(artist)

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  • various adult comics
Jessica Abel
(writer/artist)
Mostly known for her original graphic novel "La Perdida". Active in the 1990s and 2000s.
Jill Thompson
(writer/artist)

Mostly active in the 1990s. Known for her work on Neil Gaiman's The Sandman (characters), including two manga-style graphic novels*, and her own Scary Godmother series of children's books and comics.

  • various variant covers

Jillian Tamaki
(Canadian illustrator/artist of Japanese descent and cousin of Mariko Tamaki)

Mostly known for the graphic novel Skim.

Jo Chen
(Taiwanese-American artist; sister of Christina Chen)

Known for her detailed art and style.

Joan Hilty
(editor)

Editor for DC in the 1990s and 2000s with 500+ issue credits.

Joëlle Jones
(artist)

Jordie Bellaire
(colorist)

Joyce Chin
(cover artist/penciler)

Joyce Farmer
(writer/artist)

Mostly known for being the co-creator, along with Lyn Chevely, of the women underground comics anthology Tits & Clits Comix.
Juliana Azevedo
(Brazilian writer)
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Julie Bell
(artist & Fantasy painter)
Mostly active in the 1990s and 2000s. Her art appears in many comic art and fantasy art books.
Julie Doucet
(Candian cartoonist)
Canadian underground artist in the 1990s and 2000s. Her mostly autobiographical works deal with "Sex, Drugs, and Menstruation."

Julie Rottenberg
(editor)

Editor for many Helix/Vertigo comics in the 1990s.

June Brigman
(artist/penciler)

Mostly active in the 1980s and 1990s.

June Chung
(colorist)

Kaisa Leka
(Finnish writer/artist)

Kaisa's comics have been published in several Finnish magazines but her main passion is creating her own graphic novels and books; some of them are in traditional Japanese style* (not to be confused with manga). A repeating theme in her autobiographical stories are disability, politics, and spiritual searching.
  • Audarya Lila: The Death of Tuomas Mäkinen (GN)*
  • I Am Not These Feet
  • Time After Time (GN)
  • Tour d'Europe: The Yoga of Road Cycling (GN)

Kaori Yuki
(Mangaka)

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Kaoru Mori
(Mangaka)

Kara Leopard
(artist)

Karen Berger
(editor)

Active since the early 1980s.

  • Vertigo comics
Kate Beaton
(artist/writer)
Kate Perkins
(writer)
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Kathryn Immonen (Kuder)
(Canadian writer; married to Stuart Immonen)

Katie Cook
(artist)

  • My Little Pony comics

Katie Kubert
(editor)

  • various Batman/DC comics
  • various X-Men comics

Katsura Hoshino
(Mangaka)

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Kazuya Minekura
(Mangaka)

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Kelly Sue DeConnick
(writer; married to Matt Fraction)

Kelly Thompson
(novelist)

Kelly Thompson is a novelist and doesn't write comic books; at least not yet. Her fantasy novels feature illustrations from some of the best comic artists and stunning covers by Stephanie Hans (who just happens to be one of my favorites at the moment which is good for Kelly, too! Plus: I love Kickstarter!)
  • Storykiller
  • The Girl Who Would Be King

Kim Yale
(writer)

Mostly active in 1980s and 1990s.

Kristen Simon
(editor)

Mostly known for being the editor behind Jimme Robinson's Bomb Queen.

Kristy Quinn
(editor)

Editor with 1000+ issue credits; mostly DC Comics.

Kyla Vanderklugt
(Canadian artist)

Laura Allred
(colorist; married to Mike Allred)

Laura Martin née DePuy
(colorist)

Active since the 1990s.

  • various All-New Marvel & New 52 comics
  • various AXIS comics

Lauren Sankovitch
(editor)

  • various Spider-Man comics
  • various Avengers comics
  • various Fantastic Four & FF comics

Leah Moore
(English writer)

Leila Del Duca
(artist/writer)

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Lena Dunham
(actress/screenwriter)

Know as the star and creator of the TV series Girls, Dunham will write a four-issue short story for Archie Comics in 2015.

  • Archie (writer); upcoming: 2015

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Linda Medley
(artist/colorist)

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Lisa Moore
(colorist)

Lise Myhre
(Norwegian artist)
Mostly (and only) known as creator, writer, and artist of Nemi, a goth girl, the most popular comic and comic character in Norway, running for 100+ issues and 10+ years already.
  • Nemi (English TPBs)
  • Nemi (Norwegian publications)
  • Nemi (Swedish publications)

Louise Simonson
(editor/writer; married to Walter Simonson)

Mostly active in 1980s and 1990s.

Lucy Kinsley
(artist/writer)

Lyn Chevely aka Chin Lyvely
(writer/artist)

Mostly known for being the co-creator, along with Joyce Farmer, of the women underground comics anthology Tits & Clits Comix.

Lynda Barry
(artist)

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Marcia Chen
(artist/writer)

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  • Top Cow comics

Margaret Clark
(editor and occasional writer)

Editor and occasional writer of various Epic Comics in the 1980s and 1990s.

Marguerite Bennett
(writer)

Marguerite Sauvage
(artist)

  • Hinterkind (covers)
  • Thor: Annual #1; upcoming: 02-25-2015

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Mariah Benes
(Brazilian inker)

Inked various DC & Marvel titles.

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Mariah Huehner
(editor)

  • Editor at IDW
  • Editor at Vertgio

Marie Javins
(colorist)

Mostly credited for coloring Marvel comics in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Marie Severin
(artist; brother of artist John Severin)

One of the few women working in the Golden & Silver Age of comics.

Mariko Tamaki
(Canadian writer/artist of Japanese & Jewish descent and cousin of Jillian Tamaki)

Mostly known for the graphic novel Skim.

Marissa Louise
(colorist)
Marjane Satrapi
(Iranian-born French artist)
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Marjorie Liu
(Chinese-American author/writer)

  • Monstress (Image Comics; upcoming: Summer 2015)

Marta Martinez
(Spanish artist)

Mary H.K. Choi
(writer; sister of Mike Choi)

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Mary M. Talbot
(English author & writer; married to Bryan Talbot)

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Marzena Sowa
(Polish-French writer)

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Meghan Hetrick
(artist)

Melinda Gebbie
(American artist; married to Alan Moore)

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Meredith Finch
(writer; married to David Finch)

  • various Grimm Fairy Tales

Meredith McLaren
(artist/writer)

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Merna Gamble
(artist/writer)

Golden Age comics.

  • various stories in New Comics and New Adventure Comics

Michelle Madsen
(colorist)

Milla Paloniemi
(Finnish writer/artist)

So far she's only got one of her graphic novels translated into English but I'm gonna use this space to point out that a) I like the name Milla and b) she's Vegetarian which I am, too.

Please do not (try to) eat hedgehogs!

Mindy Newell
(writer)

Mostly active in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Ming Doyle
(Chinese-American artist)

Misty Coats
(colorist)

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Molly Lazer
(editor)

Editor for Marvel comics for several years with 500+ credited issues.

Muntsa Vicente
(Spanish colorist)

Frequently doing the coloring for fellow Spanish artists Marcos Martín and Javier Pulido.

  • various Marvel comics

Murasaki Yamada
(Mangaka & Japanese writer)

Mostly know for her feminist mangas Shin Kirari (1981/82) & Blue Sky (1992). Active since the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Garo (Manga Anthology Magazine)

Nancy Butler
(writer)

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Naoko Takeuchi
(Mangaka)

Mostly known for Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn which was first translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, then Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, and just Sailor Moon.

Nei Ruffino
(artist/colorist; and tattoo artist)

Nicola Scott
(Australian artist)
Nicola "Nik" Virella
(artist)
  • Illustrator at Third W3rld Studios.
  • Return of the Living Deadpool; upcoming: 02-04-2015

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Nicole Wiley Boose
(editor)

Editor who has mostly worked for Marvel and Icon Comics in the 2000s.

Nikki Cook
(artist)
  • web comics
Nina Matsumoto
(Japanese-Canadian creator and Mangaka)
  • various Simpsons comics (art/covers)
Noelle C. Giddings
(colorist)
Mostly active in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Noelle Stevenson
(artist/writer)

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Paige Braddock
(writer/artist)
Patricia Mulvihill
(colorist)

Long-time colorist of Wonder Woman and 100 Bullets. Mostly active in the 1990s and 2000s.

Peach-Pit
"Pichi Pitto"
(Mangaka)
Pia Guerra
(Canadian artist)

Mostly active in the early 2000s.

Priscilla Miller
(letterer)

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Q Hayashida
(Mangaka)

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Rachael Scott
(British artist)

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Rachel Gluckstern
(editor)
Editor for DC since the 2000s.
  • Various New52 comics.
  • DC comics with 800+ issue credits.
Rachel Pinnelas
(assistant editor)
Has been an assistant editor at Marvel through the 2000s and is not editing for DC Comics.
Rachel Pollack
(Sci-Fi writers)

Mostly active in the early 1990s.

Rachelle Rosenberg
(colorist)
Raina Telgemeier
(artist/cartoonist)
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  • Smile: A Dental Drama (GN)
Ramona Fradon
(artist/penciler)

One of the first women to "draw" superheroes in comics; working from the Golden Age and Silver Age to Modern-Age of comics.

  • various DC comics
Rebecca A. Wrigley
(cover artist)

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Rebecca Buchman
(inker)

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Rebecca Taylor
(editor)

Editor for Archaia Studios and Kaboom! Studios.

Rebekah Isaacs
(artist)
Renae De Liz
(artist)
  • various variant covers
Renae Geerlings
(editor)

Editor for Top Cow and Image Comics since the 1990s and for IDW now.

Rhianna Pratchett
(English writer)
Roberta Gregory
(artist/writer)

Mostly active in the 1990s and early 2000s. Known for her character Bitchy aka Bitchy Bitch from Bitchy Strips and Naughty Bits.

Robin Furth
(writer/plotter)

Plotter and consultant for Stephen King's Dark Tower comic series published by Marvel.

Robin Ha
(illustrator)
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Ronda Pattison
(Canadian colorist)
  • various Atomic Robo comics (Red 5 Comics)
  • various Godzilla comics (IDW)
Rosemary Cheetham
(Canadian colorist)

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Rosemary Elizabeth "Posy" Simmonds
(English cartoonist & illustrator)
Mostly known for her graphic novel "Gemma Bovery" and as illustrator for many British children's books.

Rumiko Takahashi
(Mangaka)

Active since the late 1970s, 1980s, 1990s. She is currently the best-selling female comic artist in history with more than 170 million copies.

Ruth Atkinson
(Canadian artist)
Active during the Golden Age and Silver Age.
Rutu Modan
(Israeli artist/writer)

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  • Exit Wounds (GN)
  • The Property (GN)
Sana Amanat

(editor)

  • Captain Marvel
  • Elektra
  • Hawkeye vs. Deadpool
  • Rocket Raccoon
Sana Takeda
(Japanese artist)
  • Monstress (Image Comics; upcoming: Summer 2015)
  • various Marvel, Image, and Aspen comics

Sandra Hope
(artist)

Active since the mid 1990s.

Sara Pichelli
(Italian cover artist)
  • various variant covers
Sara "Samm" Barnes
(writer)

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Sarah Glidden
(artist/writer)

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Sarah Oleksyk
(artist/writer)

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Sarah Vaughn
(writer)

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Shannon Waters
(editor)

Editor for Boom! and Kaboom! Studios.

Shelly Bond
(editor; married to Philip Bond)

Active since the early 1990s.

  • Editor of series like Fables, Lucifer, Hellblazer, Shade the Changing Man
  • Comico (editor)
  • Vertigo (editor)
Shimura Takako
(Mangaka)

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Simona Martore
(editor)

Editor for DC Comics in the late 1990s and 2000s.

Sonia Oback
(colorist)
Sophie Crumb
(French-American artist/writer; daughter of Aline & Robert Crumb)

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  • Dirty Laundry comics
  • Ghost World
  • Weirdo
Stacey Lee
(artist)
  • Silk (art/covers); upcoming: 02-18-2015
  • various Marvel covers

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Stephanie Buscema
(cover artist/editor)
Stephanie Gladden
(artist/cartoonist)
  • various Simpsons comics

Stephanie Hans
(French artist)

  • Angela: Asgard's Assassin (art/covers)
  • covers for Kelly Thompson's novels Storykiller & The Girl Who Would Be King
  • various Marvel covers

Stephanie Moore
(editor)

Editor for Marvel; mostly in the 2000s.

Susan Crespi
(letterer)

Letterer for Marvel in the late 1990s and 2000s.
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Svetlana Chmakova
(Russian creator and Mangaka)

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Taki Soma
(Japanese-American writer/artist; married to Michael Avon Oeming)

Tanya Horie
(colorist)

  • various DC comics

Tara Butters
(writer)

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Tara McPherson
(artist)

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Tarpe Mills
(writer/creator)

Golden Age writer.

Creator of the popular Miss Fury comic strips (1941-1951).

Tatjana Wood
(German-American colorist; married to Wally Wood)

Mostly active in the late Bronze Age, 1980s, and 1990s.

Tori Amos
(creator)

  • Creator of the Comic Book Tattoo, an anthology title of short stories and strips inspired by Tori Amos' songs.
  • The character Delirium of the Endless from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is inspired by Amos. Gaiman & Amos are close friends.

Tove Jansson
(Swedish-Finish artist/writer)

Creator of the Moomins (originally Munins) during the Silver Age and Bronze Age.

  • various Moomin comics

Tracy Hampton Munsey
(letterer)

Mostly active in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Trina Robbins
(writer/artist)

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Trudy Cooper
(writer/artist)

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Tula Lotay
(English artist)

Ulli Lust
(Austrian cartoonist/writer)

Valerie D'Orazio
(author/editor)

  • DC Comics (editor)

Vanesa R. Del Rey
(Cuban-American artist)

Vera Brosgol
(Russian-American artist/writer)

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Veronica Gandini
(Argentinian artist/colorist)

  • various All-New Marvel comics

Wendy Broome (née Fouts)
(colorist; married to artist Mat Broome)

Wendy Pini
(artist/writer; married to Richard Pini)

Active since the 1980s and 1990s.

  • ElfQuest comics

Yellow Tanabe
(Mangaka)

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Yoko Kamio
(Mangaka)

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Youka Nitta
(Mangaka)

Yaoi Manga artist (focusing on homoerotic romantic relationships between male characters, aimed at a female audience).

Yuki Urushibara
(Mangaka)

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Yuko Shimizu
(Japanese-American illustrator & cover artist)

Yumi Hotta
(Mangaka)

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Yun Kouga (Kōga)
Risa Yamada
(Mangaka)

This list is getting more and more complete but will it ever be? Probably not!

Last update: January 7, 2015.

Please comment and let me know if you find this list useful, or if you feel like a certain name and person or comic title is still missing and should be added or if any information is incorrect.

Thanks.

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um why is'nt Sara Pichelli's Work on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy listed on recent or previous work?

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#2 Posted by cattlebattle (16800 posts) - - Show Bio

Louise Simonson

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#3 Posted by judasnixon (12657 posts) - - Show Bio

Becky Cloonan

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#4 Edited by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle: Yes, thanks. More artist (like Jill Thompson, Louise Simonson, etc.) will be added soon. Let me know if you're missing another name or two. I'm not that familiar with female artists from the Golden Age though I don't expect too many names from that era.

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@movieartman: as I mentioned I've just started this list and it's nowhere near perfect or finished. I've added your recommendations. Thanks. Also, great idea to add some of the cover art in the comment section. This is going to be pretty nice and useful.

@judasnixon: done. Missing her is quite embarrassing actually. I'm not following Gotham Academy but should have remembered Becky's name and previous works. Thanks.

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#8 Posted by Xwraith (36204 posts) - - Show Bio

DeConnick is married to Matt Fraction, if you want to mention that.

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#9 Posted by Billy Batson (60433 posts) - - Show Bio

@donfelipe:

Thompson and Simonson aren't retired.

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#10 Posted by Billy Batson (60433 posts) - - Show Bio

Lynda Barry, Julie Doucet, Roberta Gregory, Alison Bechdel, Tove Jansson, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Sophie Crumb, Marjane Satrapi, Ulli Lust, Rutu Modan, Melinda Gebbie

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#11 Edited by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@allstarsuperman: Yup. Some of her covers look really nice. I've added some links to her stuff.

@xwraith: added! thx.

@billy_batson: Of course they're not! Thanks for correcting it (and me). Lets say that came out wrong and kind of disrespectful. --- Now I've added Thompson, Simonson, Satrapi, and Melinda Gebbie to the actual table and added all the other names below the table and without much extra information.

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#12 Posted by Guru_Crack (11541 posts) - - Show Bio

Why not make a list for everyone to see also?

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#13 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@guru_crack: The problem with lists is you cannot put links in the items' descriptions and I'd really like to have those volumes and issues linked (not just the artist) and easily editable. What do you mean "for everyone to see?" This post can be seen by everyone as well. How did you get here?

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#14 Posted by Guru_Crack (11541 posts) - - Show Bio

@donfelipe: I mean in a few days, weeks or months this post will probably be forgotten about which almost no one coming across it. But with a list they can be found months after by anyone.

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#17 Posted by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

This is beyond brilliant. Incredible work put into this, I really appreciate it! (bookmarked)

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#18 Posted by ragdollpurps (16890 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll be on this list some day~

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#20 Posted by Claymore1998 (16527 posts) - - Show Bio

@ms-lola said:

This is beyond brilliant. Incredible work put into this, I really appreciate it! (bookmarked)

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#21 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6730 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Marie Severin would have been said already.

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#23 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@ragdollpurps: That's the spirit!

@ms-lola: @v_scarlotte_rose: @claymore1998: Thank you. It is good to know you and other Viners appreciate the work and research I have put into this and there are more names to be added. At first I was focusing on current artists and writers because most readers are more familiar with these names and comics. Hopefully, by the end of this week the list will be twice as long and featuring more female talent from the Golden & Silver Age.

Marie Severin... added.

Adriana Melo... added.

Emma C. McKean has been added, too. According to many sources she is the first woman to contribute original content to a comic book, New Comics #1 published in 1935 by National Allied Publications. I really should have started this list adding her name first.

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#24 Edited by NeonGameWave (19333 posts) - - Show Bio

AMAZING!

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#25 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@neongamewave: Thanks.

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Update: I've added a lot more names and creators from all comic eras in the last couple of days. If you're looking for someone from a certain period then simply use your browser's search function and look for Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, 1980s, 1990s ... see description at the very top.

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#26 Edited by Boynerdgeek (2733 posts) - - Show Bio

This is great for writers and artist. ;)

If you ask me who is the best female comics editor, my answer is Janette Kahn. She replace the great Julius Schwartz

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#27 Edited by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@boynerdgeek: There are a lot of editors listed already. Why would you say this list was great for writers and artists only? Just because you couldn't find a particular name and person? This is not about who is better or the best, and ultimately every name should be listed no matter their profession. I do have a to-do list (with another 100+ names) and also add names as I hear and find them... but it takes time! And all the while I'm doing this I have that feeling some big name, like Jenette Kahn, is still missing! :)

Thanks for the name. Added.

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#28 Edited by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

There are a lot of female Mangaka, too. In fact, too many to add them all as it's already taking ages to submit any changes to the current list as is. The list should at least include the most important Mangaka. Let me know if some information and spelling is incorrect or if a popular name is missing (more creators of seinen manga perhaps?). Keep in mind researching this is time-consuming and not easy if you're not into manga comics in the first place!

Ai Yazawa, Akira Amano, Ashly Raiti, Chiho Saito, Clamp (all-female manga group consisting of writer Nanase Ohkawa and artists Mokona, Satsuki Igarashi, Tsubaki Nekoi), Cuvie, Fumi Yoshinaga, Fuyumi Ono, Hiromu Arakawa, Ikeda Riyoko, Irene Flores, Kaori Yuki, Kaoru Mori, Katsura Hoshino, Kazuya Minekura, Nina Matsumoto, Peach-Pit/Pichi Pitto, Q Hayashida, Rumiko Takahashi, Shimura Takako, Svetlana Chmakova, Yellow Tanabe, Yoko Kamio, Youka Nitta, Yuki Urushibara, Yumi Hotta, Yun Kōga/Kouga.

Artists who's names are in Italics are non-Japanese Mangaka.

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having worked with some of these fine people, I would like to thank you for this list, commend you on the detailed exhaustive fine work, and thank you doubly for drawing a destinction (pun intended) between cartoonists and comic-artists.

hear that Bechdel? ;)

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#32 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: Thanks for some of your recommendations though most of the links are not very helpful at this point. It's like trying to find the needle in a haystack. If you know a name is missing please post the name instead of the link to another giant list. What I'm doing here is very time-consuming already.

There! Much better. Please don't be disappointed I've only added Milla Paloniemi & Kaisa Leka to the list. Why you may ask? Well, the others do not have any of their works published in English language yet. This is just a minor requirement "as of now" as my to-do list seems to be endless. By the way, feel free to create artist and volume pages for Kaisa Leka and her projects I Am Not These Feet & Time After Time & this so I can link these properly. Thanks "in advance" and Happy New Year!

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#33 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@jugjugbanks: Thank you for your very kind and witty words! :P

I've added some extra information about Alison Bechdel and her test. Once this list will be complete (!!!), I'm gonna use her test as a basis for my next line drawing project and new Comicvine concept: "This issue has been approved by Bechdel!"

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#34 Edited by JugJugBanks (1649 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks Don! LOL too funny. I think her work is valid and relatively important as an illustrated auto-biography, but again, it's cartooning. And let's face it, she trades on social mores, cultural psychology, and it's like an HBO rated "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (which also is not a comic). When she calls herself a comics artist similar to Trina Robbins or Wendy Pini or Sandra Chang, she trying to work "other women's side of the street". ;)

Now, let's all sit back and watch the "other" set of sea lions come out to play, har har

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#36 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (5769 posts) - - Show Bio
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#37 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

Unfortunately I have reached the limit (characters, size, or both) when trying to submit new edits to this post which ultimately means I can't add anything anymore. I could certainly remove some additional information here and there but what's the point? I would only be able to add a few more names but eventually run into the same problem again, and again. Perhaps it's about time to move this to a dedicated domain which wouldn't be such a bad idea because I could do so much more then. Anyhow... that's it for now, sadly so.

Thanks to everybody for your comments and contributions!

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#39 Posted by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

@donfelipe: Bravo, sir! One of my most favourite threads on this site. Thank you so much for your hard work in compiling all this together (and the link to CBR's list).

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#40 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@ms-lola: Thank you. There's more to come! Besides a new domain to continue this list, I also have a couple of new ideas how to further feature and highlight female writers and artists here on Comicvine.

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#41 Edited by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

@donfelipe: Please tag me (if possible), I would love to have a look see!

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#42 Posted by jesusdisciple001 (619 posts) - - Show Bio

@donfelipe: Nice article, just thought you should know that in the previous comics section for Raina Telegemeier, you put "Smell" instead of "Smile".

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#43 Posted by BappyRonChantin (2772 posts) - - Show Bio

Appreciate the list. My favorite writer is Hiromu Arakawa and artist is Sara Pichelli

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#44 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio

@jesusdisciple001 said:

@donfelipe: Nice article, just thought you should know that in the previous comics section for Raina Telegemeier, you put "Smell" instead of "Smile".

That's why I couldn't find and link to the related wiki page back then. Thanks, and corrected.

Appreciate the list. My favorite writer is Hiromu Arakawa and artist is Sara Pichelli

Thanks. I always wanted to check out FMA.

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#45 Posted by DonFelipe (2331 posts) - - Show Bio
@ms-lola said:

@donfelipe: Please tag me (if possible), I would love to have a look see!

Obviously I've never made it to a new domain. I'd still love to but can't seem to find enough time.

Here's another reading recommendation:

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She Changed Comics! Help Back CBLDF’s History of the Women Who Changed Free Expression on Kickstarter!

Image Comics To Publish SHE CHANGED COMICS, CBLDF’s History of The Women Who Changed Free Expression

According to previewsworld the release date is Oct 5 and it's $14.99.

Also, there's a feature article in IMAGE+ #3.

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  • Moto Hagio (Sometimes referred to as the founding mother of modern Shojo) - A,A
  • Katie Green - Lighter than my Shadow
  • Lynn Varley - Dark Knight Strikes Again
  • Hannah Berry - Britten and Brulightly
  • Julie Maroh - Blue is the Warmest Colour
  • Carol Swain - Gast, Foodboy
  • Julie Hollings - Various stuff for UK magazines
  • Joyce Brabner - Our Cancer Year
  • Kate Worley - Omaha the Cat Dancer
  • Mary Tourtel - Rupert the Bear

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  • Yuu Watase - Fushigi Yûgi
  • Suzue Miuchi - Glass Mask
  • Natsuki Takaya - Fruits Basket
  • Tomoko Ninomiya - Nodame Cantabile
  • Matsuri Hino - Vampire Knight

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