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The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940 Hardcover – June 23, 2009

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Brinkley is a supremely talented artist with enough eccentricities to make her stand out from the crowd (the weaves of hair she piles on top of her heroines could rival the folds in Spawn’s cape). (Chris Mautner - Robot 6)

This gorgeously produced, oversized, full-color selection primarily of her newspaper-serial work confirms that her work became more narrative as she progressed from single-subject conceptions to movie-poster-like collages to sequences sectioned by comics-like borderlines…she remained a lavish fashion illustrator at heart. (Ray Olson - Booklist)

Brinkley’s independent-minded and always pretty heroines pirouetted, waltzed, shimmied, and vamped their way through various adventures…For decades, the artist’s work had largely remained out of public view, until now…sumptuously designed, beautifully printed. (Thomas Gladysz - The Examiner)

To say they don’t make them like this anymore is a gross understatement...a very welcome introduction to an artist whose skills need to be seen to be believed, and an even more welcome reminder that newspapers used to offer readers a lot more than just news and commentary―they also used to offer honest-to-God fine art. (J. Caleb Mozzocco - Las Vegas Weekly)

In a new collection of work by Nell Brinkley from Fantagraphics, beautiful girls travel the world in fabulous dresses, rescue and then marry their men, and generally have a lot of gorgeous fun…the Brinkley Girls came directly on the heels of the Gibson Girls…when the Brinkley Girls supplanted them, they did so with energy and action…fascinating work. (Sasha Watson - Publishers Weekly)

While many have long been aware of the general attractiveness of Brinkley’s work, Robbins’ book forces us to look at her art in a way―and at a size―where some of the specifics of Brinkley’s appeal and the basis for her popularity become apparent…[Robbins] paints an overall picture of a fiercely independent cartoonist who learned over the years to work within a system to great reward without ever becoming dominated by it. (Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter)

The handsome hardcover collection The Brinkley Girls brings together a generous sampling of Brinkley’s work, leaning heavy on her stories of industrious women and the he-men they love... Brinkley’s art is so drop-dead gorgeous that readers may long to razor out every page to hang on the wall. [Grade] A-. (The Onion A.V. Club)

Comics herstorian Robbins (The Great Women Superheroes) has produced a wonderful tribute to Brinkley, reprinting in full three serials and numerous shorter works with ample biographical background. With their swoon-worthy hair and wardrobes, the Brinkley Girls could kick off a whole new cosplay aesthetic. (Library Journal)

About the Author

Retired underground cartoonist and current comics historian Trina Robbins has been writing graphic novels, comics, and books for more than thirty years. Her subjects have ranged from Wonder Woman and The Powerpuff Girls to her own teenage superheroine, GoGirl!, and from women cartoonists and superheroines to women who kill. She's won an Inkpot Award and was inducted in the Will Eisner Hall of Fame at the San Diego Comic-Con. She lives in a moldering 103-year-old house in San Francisco with her cats, shoes, and dust bunnies.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560979704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560979708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.7 x 13.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cindy on July 25, 2012
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What a beautiful coffee table-size book! The author has done a fine job in capturing the beauty and essence that was the Brinkley Girls! I had never even heard of the Brinkley Girls until I was doing some research for another dog book I'm working on, and just happened to come across images in a periodical electronic archive of her hero Collie dog! I had to find out more, and was very happy to find this book with all of it's large format beautiful illustrations. Thanks so much for your wodnerful book!
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The Brinkley Girls: Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940 packs in full-page, color reproductions of Nell Brinkley's American Weekly covers and provides a fine biographical and artistic introduction by editor Trina Robbins. All the fine detail and intricate drawings of Nell Brinkley come to life in a keepsake survey that is a 'must have' for any serious cartoon, graphic or arts library.
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By doglady22 on February 5, 2012
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This book is really a great book. The pictures are wonderful and the text was very informative about Nell Brinkley's life. I recommend it to anyone that loves the drawings of the 1910's to the 1940's. Great art. Love this book more then any other I have.
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By Amy on March 21, 2012
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I am using this book for my costume history studies and it has great pictures and information. I am very glad I found this book and am very happy with the quality of information and images.
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