“I saw the first issue of It Ain’t Me Babe, and I immediately phoned them up and said, ‘Hi, I’m an artist and I want to work with you.’ It was so exciting that there was actually a women’s liberation newspaper! Because I had these women standing beside me for moral support, I was able to do the It Aint Me Babe comic—the very first all-women comic book in the world!”
Trina Robbins joined the staff of America’s first Women’s Liberation newspaper, the Berkeley-based It Ain’t Me, Babe in 1970. With the moral support of the staff, she produced It Ain’t Me, Babe Comix, the first ever all-woman comic book. In 1972 she was one of ten women who formed the Wimmen’s Comix Collective to produce Wimmen’s Comix, still the longest-lasting all-woman comic book anthology, running from 1972 to 1992. Since 1996 Robbins has been writing histories of once-forgotten early 20th century women cartoonists. She has the largest collection in the world of original comic art by early 20th century women cartoonists and has exhibited her collection in Europe, Japan, and the United States. In 2016 her collection will travel to Israel.