MCAD’s Women in Comics

International Women’s Day is coming up this Saturday, March 8th.

In celebration of this Comics Kingdom has a post where they asked cartoonists to talk a little about about some of the female comic characters and/or female cartoonists who inspired them, current or classic.

Here’s a list of the artists who responded:

Isabella Bannerman, Six Chix
Bill Griffith, Zippy the Pinhead
Ron Ferdinand, Dennis the Menace
Sandra Bell-Lundy, Between Friends
Margaret Shulock, Apartment 3-G and Six Chix
Mort Walker, Beetle Bailey
Jim Borgman, Zits
Stephanie Piro, Six Chix
Terri Libenson, The Pajama Diaries
Jim Keefe, Sally Forth and Flash Gordon

Posting my response here as well…


The female cartoonists who are inspiring me right now are the next generation of cartoonists coming out of the Comic Arts program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The head of the department is Professor Barb Schulz.


    • When I went to the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art back in the 1980s the industry was for the most part white and male, and the student body reflected that. Go into a Comic Art class at MCAD today and you’re starting to see the women outnumber the men, and with this a sea change. In the 1960s you had the underground movement of artists like Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton giving the medium a welcome shot in the arm. In the 1980s it was the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and Alan Moore. The next breath of fresh air I see is the influx of more and more female cartoonists building on the work done by the greats like Dale Messick, Ramona Fradon, Marie Severin, Jill Thompson, Colleen Doran (etcetera all).

The Comics Journal just did a piece on the Minneapolis Comic scene spotlighting some of these MCAD students. I invite you to check it out.


    Some of the female cartoonists from MCAD featured…

Alexis Cooke
Jen Silverman
Kitty Berry
Leigh Luna
Mandie Brasington
Jaime Willems
Olivia Johnson
Rachel Topka
Coryn LaNasa
Caitlin Skaalrud



Interviews with MCAD’s new wave of cartoonists from BEING GEEK CHIC.
Click on pic for the link.

Mandie Brasington
Mandie Brasington
Leigh Luna
Leigh Luna


Leigh Luna also has a new syndicated comic featured at


As does MCAD Alum, Madeline Queripel.



Interview with Caitlin Skaalrud at…


Caitlin Skallrud -
Caitlin Skallrud – Talk Weird Press


And last but not least, a spotlight on Ursula Murray Husted.


She got her MFA in Comics from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and now is teaching comics and sequential art at the University of Wisconsin Stout.

MCAD Comic Art students and graduates are making their mark – looking forward to seeing what comes next…

By Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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