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Sunday, February 17 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lily Renee, Escape Artist

When the mostly draft-age male cartoonists joined the army during World War ll, women cartoonists took their places at the drawing tables. Of all the comics publishers, Fiction House employed the most women cartoonists, and probably the most successful of these women was Lily Renee Wilheim, their only woman cartoonist to draw covers as well as interior stories.  Lily Renee’s own life story reads like a comic book; she was a Jewish teenaged Holocaust survivor who escaped to England from Nazi-occupied Austria via Kindertransport.  Trina Robbin's all-ages graphic novel biography, “Lily Renee, Escape Artist,” has been awarded a gold medal from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and a silver medal from the Sydney Taylor Jewish Library, and Trina has put together a collection of her comics which will be published in 2013.  This session will illuminate Lily Renee’s art and amazing life. (T)


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Trina Robbins

Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over forty years. Her 2009 book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 (Fantagraphics), and her 2011 book, “Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury,” were nominated for Eisner awards and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel, Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper, first in a 6-book... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 613 Tower Floor 6