Independent webcomics are, generally speaking, a lot more interesting than the comics you can read in the newspaper – they have the space and the freedom to experiment artistically and tackle controversial or niche subjects, and women aren't as underrepresented. After the jump, a few current comics written and drawn by women that are worth checking out.
As a radical feminist, raging homo, and recovering Catholic, I've rarely, if ever, felt compelled to wax poetic about any organization affiliated with the Catholic Church. Then I met a Sister of Mercy, and my dogmatic belief in Catholicism's all-encompassing evil was shot dead on the spot.
The Sisters of Mercy work internationally to promote social justice in ways that are often political and sometimes piss off the Vatican. In the United States, they are one of the groups of nuns currently being investigated by the Vatican, ostensibly because they don't wear habits, live independently, and are committed to fixing societal problems even if it means occasionally pooh-poohing some of the Church's archaic stances on things like abortion, condoms, and solutions to the AIDS crisis.
Read on for more on the history of The Sisters of Mercy and its founder, Catherine McAuley!
We started the Leadership Council as a way to engage and involve young people in Bitch Media and feminism--a group of people currently not as involved as many of our readers and followers, but crucial for the survival of our organization and the movement. As we continue to grow and expand our programming, the Leadership Council members will play a crucial role as fundraisers, community liaisons, spokespeople, and more. The Leadership Council is a program of Bitch Media, which publishes Bitch magazine, and one of a variety of ways fans and supporters can be involved in the future of this organization.
Leadership Council members are approximately between the ages of 17 and 25, actively involved in their communities, well-versed in both old- and new-school forms of social networking, and--above all--looking to bring their unique passions and skills to furthering the work of Bitch Media. If you fit the bill--or know someone who does--read more! Applications are due Dec. 1.
Psst! Hey you! In the Bitch gear! Yeah, you. What if we told you that you could go down in history as a feminist-merchandise wearing legend? You'd be into that, right?
Good. In the interest of spreading the gospel of Bitch as far and wide as possible, we're holding a monthly Bitch Mart photo contest and YOU, with your snappy Bitch gear (you have some of that, don't you?), could be a winner!
To enter our "The Bitch Stays in the Picture" photo contest, just send us a snapshot (digital is preferred) of you (or your friend, or your dog, or whomever) wearing your Bitch merchandise (apron, shirt, hat, whatever). The more eye-catching the setting, the more likely you'll be to win eternal fame, glory, and a sparkly new Bitch tote bag.
Over 300,000 people are part of the Bitch Media community - reading the magazine, discussing topics on the blog, and listening to the podcast.
Despite this great interest in our programs, Bitch struggles to pay to the bills, even as we keep our expenses low. In order to stick around and keep bringing you smart, witty, and thought-provoking pop culture commentary, we must increase support from people like you, so that we can build a sustainable foundation of support for our organization.
Oh hey! You there, the hungry-looking feminist! Do you have plans THIS THURSDAY NIGHT? You don't? Perfect! Because your pals at Bitch are teaming up with your pals at Voodoo Doughnut for our CONSUMED ISSUE RELEASE PARTY! Oh, you heard right. Peep this awesome flyer if you don't believe us:
If this awesomeness still isn't enough for you, guess what? We are hosting a DOUGHNUT-EATING CONTEST and the winner gets $50 TO POPINA SWIMWEAR!
Bitch Consumed Issue Release Party. Thursday, September 24. 7:00 pm. 1501 NE Davis (Voodoo Doughnut Too). You. Us. Feminism. Doughnuts. Be there.