Bad-Girl Cartoonists

IN A STORY FROM Krystine Kryttre’s comic book Death Warmed Over, 1990, a man agrees to let his lover kill him and stew up his body in her new Crockpot. “I want you to become part of me,” she tells him. When cops come to the door, she’s caught with a mouthful of flesh and a couple thighbones poking out of the pot. “Uh oh,” she thinks, “I’ll bet this looks real bad.”

An attraction to “bad” behavior inspires most of Kryttre’s work, and links her as well to a growing number of women cartoonists out to explode the limits of acceptable femininity. With titles like Slutburger Stories and Dirty Plotte (“plotte” is French-Canadian slang for cunt or slut), these comics obviously aim to fuck not only with the usual, tired double standards but with feminist visions of healthy womanhood as well. Their female characters suffer hangovers, sleep around, pick their noses, masturbate, fantasize about their

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