‘It’s -the- girl!’: comics, professional identity, affection, nostalgia, and embarrassment

Mel Gibson*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSugar and Spice and the Not So Nice
Subtitle of host publicationComics Picturing Girlhood
EditorsDona Pursall, Eva Van de Wiele
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherLeuven University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Aug 2021


Dive into the research topics of '‘It’s -the- girl!’: comics, professional identity, affection, nostalgia, and embarrassment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this