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Artist Trina Robbins on making comics herstory

Comics artist and herstorian Trina Robbins
Jessica Chritianson
Comics artist and herstorian Trina Robbins

This interview aired in the May 17, 2023 episode of Crosscurrents and it aired most recently in the April 15, 2024 episode.

The guys were not accepting me anyway, so my attitude was 'f*** them, I’ll do my own comic.

Trina Robbins died last week in San Francisco at the age of 85.

She was an artist, a writer and a pioneer for women in the male dominated field of comics.In 1985 Robbins became the first female artist to draw Wonder Woman in the superhero’s own series. She was also a self described “herstorian” who researched women and their legacy in comics.

Last year, KALW’s Jenee Darden spoke with her about her life’s work, here is that conversation.

This interview was co-produced by Porfirio Rangel.

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.