Graphic novelist Joyce Farmer to speak April 24

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Joyce Farmer will present “No Superheroes: Creating Underground Comics” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Foster Auditorium inside Paterno Library at Penn State.

Farmer, together with Lyn Chevely, was the creator of the “Tits & Clits Comix” series from 1972 to 1987. They had formed a publishing company, Nanny Goat Productions, to counter the sexism they saw in male-produced underground comix of the time. Apart from this series, they also produced “Abortion Eve,” in 1973. Farmer also contributed to the influential all-female underground comics anthology, “Wimmen's Comix,” which was published from the early 1970s through 1992. In 2000, Farmer published her work in the Fantagraphics anthology, “Zero Zero.” In 2010, Fantagraphics published her graphic memoir, “Special Exits,” chronicling the decline of her elderly parents’ health, their relationship with one another and with Joyce, and how they coped with the day-to-day fragility of the most taxing time of their lives.

R. Crumb wrote of “Special Exits,” "One of the best long-narrative comics I've ever read, right up there with ‘Maus.’ ... I actually found myself moved to tears."

The program is sponsored by the Paterno Family Librarian for Literature William S. Brockman, Library Learning Services, Arts and Humanities Library, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and Women's Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Steven Herb at or 814-863-2141.

Last Updated January 09, 2015