Panel Mania: ‘Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival’

August 2, 2019

Legendary underground comics artist, editor, and feminist Diane Noomin served as the editor for Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, a comics anthology that features a foreword by Roxane Gay.

The book is a powerful and instructive collection of short stories by 60 female artists—each of them offering personal accounts of sexual abuse, using art to reclaim individual power, and challenging a culture of pervasive sexual predation.

This excerpt includes three stories: Lee Mars’s “Got Over It”; Carol Lay’s “A Sampler of Misdeeds”; and Ajuan Mance’s “Delusion of Safety.”

Drawing Power will be published by Abrams ComicArts in September.

TRIGGER WARNING: This excerpt contains information about and images of sexual assault and/or violence that may be triggering to readers.

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is senior news editor of Publishers Weekly and editor of PW Comics World.