Ah! Nana. No. 1 (October 1976) through No. 9 (September 1978) (all published)
Price: 3,500.00 USD
A complete run in 9 issues of the groundbreaking French feminist quarterly "bande dessinée" or comics magazine, featuring work almost entirely by international women artists, together with essays on other female-centric media and culture including books, television, film, and music, and special features on often provocative social and political themes including racism and anti-Semitism, homosexuality and transsexuality, incest, and sado-masochism. Illustrated profusely throughout with comics, cartoons, and photographs. 4to. Orig. illustrated wrpps. with colorful graphic cover designs, some minor wear to wrpps., no. 9 with some minor loss to spine. Paris (Les Humanoïdes Associés) 1976-1978. Ah! Nana was an innovative but short-lived publication. At the time, comics were an almost exclusively male domain, but this magazine, with the slogan "fait par et pour les femmes", was the first French publication created entirely by women, although occasional male contributors were included. Women artists were often pigeon-holed into illustrating children's books, and were excluded from conferences and important events. However, Ah! Nana fully embraced the French feminist movement together with the underground culture: along with comics, it included a feature called "Histoire de la BD Féminine," which profiled female cartoonists from all over the world. Some of the artists whose work was included over the run of the publication include Chantal Montellier, Florence Cestac, Nicole Claveloux, Trina Robbins, Shary Flenniken, Sharon Rudhal, Mary Kay Brown, Aline Isserman, and Cecilia Capuana.