Thursday, 17 April 2008

Sisters of the sketchbook

At the end of the 80s it seemed as if the comic book was doomed to
disappear in Europe. Then along came manga and saved the day. Yet,
there was another consequence of the rise of the Japanese comic book:
it brought women back on board.
Girls had all but given up on comics by the 70s, when the female
market had been dominated by pocket-sized romantic comics drawn by the
likes of Maria Pascual. In fact, this author's work has recently found
a new lease of life with the reissuing of Sissi, by the publishers
Zeta Bolsillo. (Full story in printed edition).