Friday, September 02, 2022

Underground Comix Cartoonist Diane Noomin 1947 - 2022


Pioneering feminist cartoonist for underground comix Diane Noomin passed away on September 1, 2022. She was 75 years old. No cause of death given. 

This was sudden and it was from Abrams editor Charlie Kochman that I first heard about it. 

DIANE NOOMIN, 1947–2022
I am so sorry to share the news that Diane Noomin passed away earlier this afternoon.
Diane was a seminal creator in the underground comix movement—one of only a handful of female writer/artists in that space. Her first work was in 1973, in “Wimmen’s Comix.” She was also a regular contributor to “Arcade,” “Young Lust,” “El Perfecto,” and “Weirdo,” and was the creator of DiDi Glitz and the co-creator of “Twisted Sisters” with Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
In Fall 2019, Abrams ComicArts published DRAWING POWER: WOMEN'S STORIES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE, HARASSMENT, AND SURVIVAL, in which more than 60 female comics creators shared their personal experiences with sexual violence and harassment through new and original comics.
The “New York Times” called DRAWING POWER a “landmark collection,” and Alison Bechdel praised it by saying it added “a striking visual dimension to the #MeToo movement. . . . By bearing witness quite literally to a wide range of traumatic incidents, the cartoonists in this book change not just the way we understand sexual assault, but the way we see it.” 
Diane was married to another one of my authors, Bill Griffith, creator of Zippy the Pinhead and author and illustrator of INVISIBLE INK, NOBODY’S FOOL and the upcoming THREE ROCKS.

The Daily Cartoonist has many links and quotes
New Yorker Art Director Françoise Mouly:

Graphic novelist Vanessa Davis:

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