Aline Kominsky-Crumb helped reshape the role of women in comics with autobiographical stories that challenged both the conventional image of women as trophies and the feminist image of women as idealized heroines. Born Aline Goldsmith, Kominsky-Crumb studied art briefly at Cooper Union before marrying Carl Kominsky in 1968 and relocating to Tucson. There she met Justin Green and Spain Rodriguez, pioneers of the underground comix movement. She divorced at age 22 and moved to San Francisco, where she joined the Wimmen’s Comix collective, contributing to their first few issues before breaking with the group over both her art aesthetic and her relationship with R. Crumb, whom she married in 1978. Kominsky-Crumb’s work pushed boundaries: she didn’t draw herself or other women as objects of desire, but she also didn’t create feminist role models—she told stories about her insecurities and frustrations. She began a new feminist collective comic, Twisted Sisters, then began writing Dirty Laundry, a collaborative autobiographical comic with R. Crumb and later with their daughter Sophie. During the 1980s she also edited Weirdo, a major alternative comics anthology. As of 2014 she has published three collections of her work, including Need More Love.
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