For over 40 years, Trina Robbins has been a vital, almost unstoppable force in comics. It would be hard to overstate her importance in raising the profile and treatment of women in comics -- from forming the first all-women anthology to championing some of the lost voices in the history (or, as she would have it, "herstory") of comics. The latter drive led her to produce The Brinkley Girls with Fantagraphics Books -- a gorgeous retrospective of the best of Nell Brinkley's comics from the 1920s. Despite having defined the look of the flapper, and producing immensely popular work for Hearst newspapers, Brinkley had all but disappeared from popular memory.
On a recent visit to Seattle for Geek Girl Con, Trina stopped off at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery to give a lively, engaging presentation about Nell Brinkley.