"'Golden Eyes' asks Have you bought your Liberty Bonds yet?" "Golden Eyes" was one of the celebrated "Brinkley Girls," who showed up as an American home front heroine during World War I. Drawn by cartoonist Nell Brinkley, "Golden Eyes" sold Liberty Bonds and encouraged Americans to support the war effort. As one of Brinkley's stylish and popular female characters, "Golden Eyes" stood for patriotism and suffrage and wanted to do "her bit."
On Thursday May 8, 6-8 pm, American comics writer, artist and historian Trina Robbins, the author of a new book, Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, will give a public talk on the subject of the Brinkley Girls and war time patriotism at Ryerson University.
Thursday, May 8, 6-8 pm
MLC Gallery, Ryerson University
111 Gerrard Street East, First Floor
For more information: Dr. Barbara Postema, Postdoctoral Fellow, MLCRC
Robbins' talk immediately precedes the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which takes place from May 10-11. Local and international comics aficionados expect a lively exchange on all things comics.
Trina Robbins is a prolific author with a focus on women and feminist themes in comics. She is the author of The Great Women Superheroes: From Girls to Grrrlz, The Great Women Cartoonists, and Nell Brinkley and the New Woman in the Early 20th Century. She has also written a comic that throws a light on Lily Renée, Escape Artist, a biography in comics form about a holocaust survivor who went on to become a Golden Age comic book artist.