This chapter explores relationships between gender, professional identity, and personal history in relation to the comic strip medium. I take an autoethnographic approach to this topic, outlining my identity as a female British library professional intensely engaged with graphic novels in the 1990s, a contemporary development in the medium at that point, and that of being a girlhood comics reader from the 1960s onwards. The chapter goes on to locate the tensions I experienced around gender and comics in a wider context in which I played a significant role, that being the development and promotion of graphic novel collections in British public libraries during 1990s and into the twenty-first century.
|Title of host publication||Sugar and Spice and the Not So Nice|
|Subtitle of host publication||Comics Picturing Girlhood|
|Editors||Dona Pursall, Eva Van de Wiele|
|Place of Publication||Leuven|
|Publisher||Leuven University Press|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 31 Aug 2021|