The Strumpet is the successor to Whores of Mensa. The logo was designed by Elliot Baggott.
Issue 1: The Dress-Up Issue!Edit
The Strumpet is a brand new comic from the creators of Whores of Mensa, uniting small press stars from the UK and the US in one glamorous package of comics goodness. Ellen Lindner did the cover for this inaugural issue, and there are some real goodies inside - brand new work by Mardou, Jeremy Day, Kripa Joshi, Tanya Meditzky, and many more. Also included are reviews of new comics by Badaude and J. Homersham, among others, and a short story by Philadelphia-based writer Katie Haegele.The issue was funded through Kickstarter to $1,705 pledged of a $1,000 goal with 103 backers.
Published November 2011
Cover by Ellen Lindner
- Miss Moti and a Modern Fairy Tale by Kripa Joshi
- Photo SHOT by Patrice Aggs
- The Cat's Pajamas by Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg
- Dressing Up: The Future by Tanya Meditzky
- Mint Condition by Mardou
- Interview with Katie Haegele
- Me and My Sari by Ellen Lindner
- Suster Bertken by Maartje Schalkx
- Project Paper Doll by Jeremy Day
- "The Strumpet's Bookshelf" reviews of Luchadoras by Peggy Adam, Finder: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil, Chester 5000 by Jess Fink, Talk to the Scarf Cos the Face Ain't Listening by Sofia Niazi, London Walks by Badaude, Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Chuckle Sandwich by J. Homersham, Ethel Sparrowhawk's Terrible Hangover by Steve Tillotson and Jemima von Schindelberg
- Passion for Fashion by Lucy Sweet
- Cute Dress by Katie Haegele
- Shopping Trip by Emily Ryan Lerner
- The Good Witch (back cover) by Megan Kelso
Issue 2: The Travel IssueEdit
The Strumpet, a ladies' transatlantic comics magazine, brings together emerging talent from the US and UK, bridging the gap in our common linguistic culture.
Editrix Ellen says, "When I was living in the UK people always asked if anyone does comics there - and of course they do! With the Strumpet I'd like to introduce my US friends to my fave UK cartoonists, and vice versa."
This massive, 96 page black and white comic (#2, 2012) is themed around travel, and features work by Robin Ha, Julia Scheele, Emily Ryan Lerner, Alison Sampson, Ellen Lindner and many more. If you ever wanted to go the bottom of the ocean, ride the Italian rails, or follow Bill Murray around a film set, this is your chance!The second Strumpet Kickstarter campaign received $2,134 of funding from 116 backers, surpassing its $1,200 goal by 177%.
Published November 2012
Cover by Jeremy Day
- See the World They Said by Myfanwy Tristram
- Trenitalia by Robin Ha
- Shadows by Rachael Ball
- Mr. Murray by Ellen Lindner
- A Peep at the Deep by J. Homersham
- Halfway Home by Jeremy Day
- Deaf by Patrice Aggs
- An extract from Choices by Nicole Streeten
- My Great-Grandfather's Bike Shop by Maartje Schalkx
- From Brussels to Moscow by Karrie Fransman
- Girls on Top by Alison Sampson
- Luggage by Shamisa Debroey
- At the Studio by Badaude
- Going Places by Tanya Meditzky
- Homesick by Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg
- Gillim by Juhyun Choi
- On the Shelves of Strumpets: reviews of Naked in the City written by Liliana Velez, Please, God, Find Me a Husband by Simone Lia, The Sky in Stereo 1 by Mardou, Go Wildlife! by Gill Hatcher, Team Girl Comic, and Romantic Bison by Lizz Lunney
- Road Trip! by Emily Ryan Lerner
- The 171 Bus Route by Julia Scheele
- The X-Y Drop Off Point by Marguerite Dabaie
- The Next Life of Ruzell by Kat Roberts
- Miss Moti Can Go Places (back cover) by Kripa Joshi
Issue 3: The Tasty IssueEdit
The Strumpet is back for an epic third issue - and this time, the theme is 'tasty'. We asked creators new and returning what they found tasty - and we think you'll be as surprised as we were by the results. Food, sex, and, erm, opera are amongst the avenues of exploration chosen by our Strumpets - not that they stop there! Ever wonder where your street food comes from? Ever fancy a catfight between Sookie Stackhouse and Bella from Twilight? Well, then read on!
Why order now? With comics by Hannah Berry, Robin Ha, Hazel Newlevant, Colleen Frakes, Hayley Gold, Dre Grigoropol, Ellen Lindner, Kripa Joshi, Jennifer Hayden, Freya Harrison, Becky Hawkins, and many more; an interview with foodie comix queen Sarah Becan and a beefy review section bursting with comics we love and loathe, everyone's fave transatlantic lady annual is better than ever.
PLUS! Color endpapers by British knitting artists Deadly Knitshade.The Kickstarter campaign to fund issue 3 attracted 106 backers who pledged $2,051.
Published November 2013
Cover by Kripa Joshi
- 19,999 Feet by Hannah Berry
- A Burger's Lament by Freya Harrison
- Achingly Hip by Patrice Aggs
- Miss Moti and the Tasty Treat by Kripa Yoshi
- Pest! by Rachel Yelding
- Inteview: Getting Up Close & Tasty with Sarah Becan
- Stir Fry: A Reluctant Ode by Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg
- Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Ginger Tahini Cookies by Hazel Newlevant
- Tasty Healing by Elena Vitagliano
- To a Bacchant by Glynnis Fawkes
- Recipe: Razor Clam Cioppino by Colleen Frakes
- Josh and Anna's Top 5 Global Dishes illustrated by Ellen Lindner
- Small Stories by Louisa "Una" Parker
- Bad Taste Good Taste by Robin Ha
- The Taste of Peaches by Hayley Gold
- Clandestine Meetings by Joan Reilly
- On the Strumpet's Shelf: Reviews of Where the Mountain Came From by Caroline Picard, Adi Parva - Churning of the Oceans by Amruta Patil, Lou #9-15 by Melissa Mendes, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley, Get Jiro by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Langdon Foss, and José Villarubia, and The Property by Rutu Modan.
- Rare Chested Boy Safari by Anna Bas Backer
- The Birth of Tasty by Ellen Lindner
- Golden Angel by Dre Grigoropol
- Avocado by Mair Thomas
- History of My Lust by Jennifer Hayden
- Untitled by Maartje Schalkx
- Recipe: Delish Radish by Robin Ha
- Untitled by Becky Hawkins
- Dinner at Eight (back cover) by Kristyna Baczynski
Issue 4: The Friendship IssueEdit
This latest installment is all about lady friends -- from best friends forever to friend with a question mark. Our fourth issue explores the highs, the lows, the joys, the sorrows, the awesomeness and the awkwardness of female friendship. Come for the sexual tensions, sibling rivalries, and other miscellaneous dramatics! Stay for the heartwarming resolutions, and for the sharing of fried foodstuffs. We're aiming for 50+ pages of comics, reviews, and interviews - this issue's interview subject is Robot Dreams and Bake Sale author Sara Varon.On Kickstarter, 73 backers pledged $1,304 to publish issue 4.
Published January 2015
Cover by Ellen Lindner
- Are We Friends Again? Are We Friends Again? by Becky Hawkins
- F to the D by Hayley Gold
- My New Best Friend is Called Tali by Patrice and Rachel Aggs
- Kim and Sasha in: Best Friends Forever by Anna Bas Backer
- A Suite of Friendship Comics by Evie Fridel
- Interview with Sara Varon by Ellen Lindner
- A Beautiful Friendship by Cliodhna Lyons
- The Ashes by Casandra Grullon
- Best Friends You Will Have by Dre Grigoropol
- Untitled by Audrey Weber
- Terry and Terry in: Chicken Fried Steak by Katie Fricas
- Shave a Dwarf by ZAVKA
- My Friend Olga by Glynnis Fawkes
- Blue Sky for Noel by Noel Franklin and Lisa Mei Ling Fong
- BSFs: Best Sisters Forevs by Colleen Frakes
- The Strumpet's Shelf - Books We Dig: Reviews by Anna Bas Backer of Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust and Earthling by Aisha Franz.
- The Great Divide by Francesca Cassavetti
- Teen Drama by Ellen Lindner
- Dominos by Rachel Yelding
- Should I Jump? (back cover) by Lara Antal
Issue 5: Origin Stories Edit
Despite ENORMOUS progress made by women in comics in the last two decades, we still feel that there’s a bit of a lag between the number of women we know who are doing comics (a lot) and those who are getting published regularly (not always a lot). At the end of the day, we can all use another deadline, and a prompt to do new and interesting work. And that’s where The Strumpet comes in.
The theme for this issue is Origin Stories, and our artists have dug deep! They've answered questions like, where did you come from? How did the stuff you love or hate begin? How did we get here (particularly relevant in this year of massive political change)? Renaissances and re-inventions of all kind are also on view, from all over the world.The issue 5 Kickstarter campaign raised $2,769 with 126 backers.
Published September 2017
Cover by Glynnis Fawkes
- Vacation by Patrice Aggs
- Paper Lives by Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom
- The House on Thurman Street by Glynnis Fawkes
- Trans-Femme Hex Witch by Bishakh Som
- Dear Deathless by Jennifer Hayden
- Deep Home by The Surreal McCoy
- On a Bagel by Jenny Goldstick
- Where Does It Come From? by Ellen Lindner
- Orange Privilege by Miss Lasko-Gross
- My Life as a Foetus by Emma Burleigh
- Origins of You by Rosy Wilson
- Lineage by Christina Tran
- The Wandering Uterus and Contemporary Applications of Ancient Medical Wisdom by Kriota Willberg
- The Starfish by Rachel Yelding
- Untitled by Danny Noble
- On the Strumpet's Shelf: Reviews of Cook Korean! by Robin Ha, Any Food from the Feel Cart by Joan Reilly, Sky in Stereo by Mardou, and Death of the Artist by Karrie Fransman.
- Elen of the Ways by Ginny Skinner
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Quitting by Fran Chang
- The French Toast Origin Story by Becky Hawkins
- Gender, Interrupted (back cover) by Jamaica Dyer
- ↑ "The Strumpet: A Transatlantic Flight of Comics Fancy!", Kickstarter. Launched 5 Oct 2011. Accessed 17 Nov 2012
- ↑ "The Strumpet 2 - A Second Transoceanic Blaze of Comics Glory!", Kickstarter. Launched 10 Sept 2012. Accessed 17 Nov 2012.
- ↑ "Strumpet 3 - A Transatlantic Feast of Tastiness!", Kickstarter. Launched 26 Sept 2013. Accessed 20 Sept 2017.
- ↑ "Strumpet 4 - The Friendship Issue", Kickstarter. Launched 22 Nov 2014. Accessed 20 Sept 2017.
- ↑ "Strumpet 5 - Origin Stories! - Great Comics by Women Artists", Kickstarter. Launched 30 Mar 2017. Accessed 20 Sept 2017.