Women's Museum of California

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Panel Discussion for Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

Panel Discussion for Wonder Women: On Paper and Off


Event Date:
Thursday, August 15 2013

What is the event about?

Come to the Women’s Museum of CA for our 2nd panel discussion with Wonder Women: On Paper and Off. Hear about the joys and challenges of women in the comic and gaming industries. The panel features Jackie Estrada, Joyce Farmer, Laurie Fuller and Kacey Helms.

Jackie Estrada

Entering comics as an enthusiastic fan in the 1960s, Jackie Estrada began volunteering at Comic-Con in the 1970s getting involved in PR and photography. In 1990 she became the administrator of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. She was also a founding member of the Friends of Lulu, which promoted female readership and participation in comics. Estrada is known as an editor of comic and non-comic related books, as well as co-founder of Exhibit A Press.

Joyce Farmer

Joyce Farmer debuted as a cartoonist in 1972 with her feminist comic book series, Tits and Clits Comix, co-created with Lyn Chevely. Farmer dropped out of the underground comix movement in the late 1980s after the final issue of Tits and Clits. In 2010 she published Special Exits, a graphic novel that puts a humorous spin on the final years of her parents’ lives. The novel won the National Cartoonists Society’s Graphic Novel Award in 2011.

Laurie Fuller

Senior Artist Laurie Fuller began her art career right out of college in 1979.  Since then, she’s worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in a number of industries, but joined the game industry in 1995 and knew she’d found the right fit for a creative and stimulating career. She has recently branched out from the world of 2D art into 3D and is creating environment art for Sony Online Entertainment’s upcoming title EverQuest Next. 

Kacey Helms

Kacey Helms is a Senior Character Artist at Sony Online Entertainment.  She is an eleven year veteran of the games industry having worked on such titles as EverQuest II, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom,  Free Realms,  Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, and EverQuest Next.  The creativity and versatility in making art for games has kept her enjoying her job every day.  In her free time she enjoys playing video games, reading, doing crafts, and making plush monsters. 


Submitted by Kathleen (not verified) on

Here is the list of graphic novels Jackie Estrada mentioned at the panel discussion. There are some really great ones!

Relish: My LIfe in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Heads or Tails by Lilli Carre
The Property by Rutu Modan
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Kitty and Dino by Sara Richard
Kark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Late Bloomer by C Fye
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds
Letting it Go by Miriam Katin
But I Really Wanted to be an Anthropologist by Margama Motin
Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocello Marchetto
Raining Cats and Detectives by Colleen AF Venable
The Voyers by Gabrielle Bell and Aaron Cometbus
The Big Skinny by Carol Lay
The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney

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