London: Girlfrenzy, 1991. 4to. (29.5 x 21 cm). Original side-stapled colorful illustrated wrappers. Issues 28-44 pp. Some very light creasing, rubbing to extremities, overall near fine condition.
The first six issues of the fanzine devoted to underground comics, music, and the "riot grrrl" scene. Founded in 1991 and edited by graphic designer Erica Smith, this grouping reflects the entirety of the zine that was published in this format before switching to a bound annual.
Some of the highlights in these issues include: interviews with Trina Robbins, Myra Hancock, Carol Swain, Shonen Knife, Lee Kennedy, Karren Ablaze, and Megan Kelso; comics from artists including Wild Beast, Julie Hollings, Erica Smith, Trina Robbins, Jo Bourne, Christine Bell, Lee Kennedy, Lizzy Baker, Christina Lamb, Meesh Mash, Carolyn Ridsdale, Annie Lawson, Fallen Angel, Grizelda Grizlingham, Tristram Puppy, Caryn Leschen, Mary Fleener, Julia Hogan, and Amy Frushour; and essays on topics such as Madonna, sex and sexism in comics, extremist Valerie Solanas and the SCUM Manifesto, pornography, the politics between the US and the island of Palau, shaving and body hair, lesbians and HIV, feminist film, fat liberation, and the Barbie Liberation Army.
In the first issue, Erica Smith writes, "The idea of doing an all-women magazine was brewing in my mind for a long time. I've been rapped on the knuckles for promoting it as 'by women for women', and I've been told all women mags are 'unfashionable' (I never was the hippest cat in town). I do accept GirlFrenzy should be by women for people, but I still think it's valid to produce an all-women magazine because so little of the comic-related productions around are of interest to me and most of the women I know. I don't want to spend £1.75 plus on a comic because there's one small token pice by a woman whose work I like...Call it separatist if you like but I wanted to try and redress the balance, to produce a magazine which consisted of more than just comic strips but would appeal to women who liked comic art, and introduce comic art to women who might not get into it otherwise."
Book ID: 52289