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Friends of Lulu was a non-profit, national charitable organization in the United States, founded in 1994 to promote readership of comic books by women and the participation of women in the comic book industry. Co-founder Trina Robbins recalls that a Cherry Poptart lookalike contest sponsored by Comic-Con International was the "last straw" that inspired the creation of the organization.[1]

HistoryEdit

The organization takes its name from "Little Lulu", the comic strip character created by Marjorie Henderson Buell in 1935. In the comics, Lulu often tries to break into the boys' clubhouse, where girls aren't allowed. In 1997 the first annual Lulu conference was held in California, and the first annual Lulu Awards were also held. Friends of Lulu has published a number of books including, How to Get Girls (Into Your Store), a guide for comics shop owners on how to make their stores more female-friendly, and Broad Appeal, an anthology of comics by women artists. In 2000, Friends of Lulu was awarded a grant from the Xeric Foundation to self-publish Friends of Lulu: Storytime. The Girls' Guide to Guys' Stuff, published in 2007, features over 50 female cartoonists presenting their takes on men and their interests. The anthology includes contributions from Roberta Gregory, Abby Denson, Debbie Huey and many others. In September 2007, Valerie D'Orazio was named national president of the Friends of Lulu organization.

In August of 2010, an interim Board Of Directors was reestablished and on August 8, the Friends Of Lulu 2010 Awards were launched. The award winners were named in October 2010. In June 2011, the IRS revoked the organization's tax-exempt status as a non-profit.[2][3] The group ceased operating shortly afterwards.[4]

PublicationsEdit

Storytime (2000)Edit

Friends of Lulu Presents: Storytime is an anthology edited by Anne Chang-Blaeske and Phil Yeh as a fundraiser for Friends of Lulu.

Contents Edit

Cover by Mary Wilshire

Introduction by Nicole Hollander

  • A Word From The President written by Liz Schiller, art by Mary Wilshire
  • Interior Illustrations by Bryan Talbot
  • Pi Force by Janet Hetherington
  • To Be A Fish by Jeremy Johnson
  • The Clockwork Family by Dave Roman
  • "Shhh" by Charlie Boatner
  • Renart And The Hams by Johane Matte
  • The Magic Closet written by Dave Marchman, art by John Douglas
  • Who's Da Man? by MariNaomi Schaal
  • The Hero Within written by Danny DeAngelo, art by Rob Smith, Jr.
  • Isle Concord Phaser Face by Tony Brandl
  • Dial I For Imagination written by Naomi Basner. art by Joan Hilty
  • Endless Comic by Tatiana Gill
  • Almost True Funnies by Eve Corbel
  • Shades Of Blue written by Jim Harris and Rachel Nacion, art by Dan Henrick
  • Blue Moon Adventures by Deborah Ginsberg
  • GoGirl! written by Trina Robbins, art by Anne Timmons
  • Slobs Of The World Unite! by Jen Sorensen
  • The Quiet Girl by Donna Barr
  • The Talking Boy by Donna Barr
  • The Artist And The Model by Lee Binswanger
  • How The World Ended In The Year 2000 by Nancy Husari
  • Out Of Their Depth written by Leah Adezio and Elayne Riggs, art by Leah Adezio
  • Of A Feather written by Elayne Riggs, art by Robin Riggs
  • Gwendolyn's by Fink
  • The Deer Flame Legacy by Talitha Nonveiller
  • Bronx and Tyro by Jacque Boivin
  • Adeline Marie by Julie Larson
  • Monkey Stuff by Pam Bliss
  • No Sense By The Seashore by Tobi Greenberg
  • A Dose Of Wisdom by W. A. Peabody
  • A Walk In The Park by Phil Yeh
  • Missing Faith by Michel Lacombe
  • Doggie and Jilly: Sad Day Sayings by Drew Boyton, inked by Larry Blake
  • Doggie and Jilly: Talk Show Trouble! by Drew Boyton, inked by Larry Blake
  • Doggie and Jilly: The Itsy, Bitsy... by Drew Boyton, inked by Larry Blake
  • Doggie and Jilly: Blue Hair by Drew Boyton, inked by Larry Blake
  • The Cop Out by Stephanie Gladden
  • Butterfly Lovers by Sharon Rudahl
  • Big-Headed Billy On Education by Jesse Valentine Yeh

Broad Appeal (2003)Edit

Friends of Lulu Presents: Broad Appeal is an anthology released by the New York chapter of Friends of Lulu in 2003. It includes both comics and articles and interviews with women professionals.

The New York chapter of Friends of Lulu presents an anthology of illustrated stories that engagingly showcase the diversity of female artists writing and drawing comics today. From dramatic mystery and humorous fantasy to insightful narratives, this collection offers something for everyone.

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Articles Edit

  • Sequential Tart: Strength in Diversity by Lee Atchison
  • Punk Rock Comix interview with Abby Denson and Jenny Gonzales, by Dave Roman
  • Doreen A. Mulryan: Monkey Business: interview by Jennifer M. Contino
  • Jennifer Moore: A Laugh a Minute: interview by Roman
  • Lela Lee: Acting Angry: interview by Roman
  • Vanessa Santone: Comics Mind: interview by Contino
  • Catherine Tutrone: Having Full-Time Fun: interview by Contino

The Girls' Guide to Guys' Stuff (2007)Edit

Friends of Lulu Presents: The Girls' Guide to Guys' Stuff is an anthology published by Friends of Lulu in 2007. It features the work of over 50 women, on topics traditionally deemed "guys' stuff", such as ties, pornography, and comics.

ContentsEdit

Introduction by Becky Cloonan

Lulu AwardsEdit

The Lulu Awards, presented annually at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, bestowed the Lulu of the Year trophy for overall work; with additionally awards, variously over the years, having included the Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent; the Volunteer of the Year Award; and both the Women of Distinction Award ("Recognizing those whose work best exemplifies Friends of Lulu’s mission of promoting diversity in comics") and induction into the Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame.

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2002Edit

  • Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame: Lynn Johnston (For Better or Worse)
  • Lulu of the Year: Sequential Tart (Marcia Allass – Editor)
  • Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent: Ashley-Jane Nicholaus (Haven) and Gisèle Lagacé (Cool Cat Studio)
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Elayne Riggs (Former President of FoL NY Chapter)

2003Edit

  • Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame: Wendy Pini (ElfQuest)
  • Lulu of the Year: Joe Field (Free Comic Book Day Inaugural Year)
  • Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent: Raina Telgemeier (Take Out Comics)
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Dave Roman (Editor, Broad Appeal) & Chris Kohler (webmaster)

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2006Edit

  • Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame: Roberta Gregory (Naughty Bits, Artistic Licentiousness)
  • Lulu of the Year: Scholastic/Graphix, Publisher (Babysitters Club, Queen Bee, Breaking Up)
  • Kim Yale Award for Best New Female Talent: Leigh Dragoon (By the Wayside)
  • Women of Distinction: Diana Schutz (Editor, Dark Horse)
  • Volunteer of the Year: Donnie Tracey of Gotham City Limits

2007Edit

  • Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame: Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, The Book of Lost Souls)
  • Lulu of the Year: Abby Denson (She Does What?!)
  • Kim Yale Award for Best New Female Talent: Rachel Nabors (Rachel the Great)
  • Women of Distinction: Jennifer de Guzman (Editor-In-Chief, Slave Labor Graphics)
  • Volunteer of the Year: M.K. Reed and Robin Enrico
2008LuluAwards-HopeLarson

Poster for 2008 awards by Hope Larson

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2009Edit

  • Female Comic Creators Hall of Fame: Gail Simone
  • Lulu of the Year: Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots)
  • Kim Yale Award For Best New Talent: Kate Beaton (Hark, a Vagrant)
  • Woman of Distinction: Joanne Carter Siegel
  • Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work: Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale
  • Best Female Character: Monica Villarreal, from Wapsi Square by Paul Taylor
  • Volunteer of The Year: Marion Vitus

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wilonsky, Robert. "Fatal femmes: Why do women in comics become Women in Refrigerators?" Dallas Observer, May 18, 2000
  2. Exempt Organizations Select Check, irs.gov. Accessed 19 Feb 2018.
  3. Draper Carlson, Johanna. "It’s Official — Friends of Lulu No Longer a Non-Profit Organization, 10 June 2011
  4. Carlson, Friends of Lulu Done and Gone, 30 June 2011