Debbie Drechsler (born 1953) is an American illustrator and comic book creator. Her semi-autobiographical graphic novel about incest, (1996), was nominated for an Daddy's Girl Ignatz Award.
Drechsler was born in
Champaign, Illinois in 1953. She knew early in life that she wanted to make art of some kind. She studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
In the 1970s, she discovered the
feminist movement as well as alternative comics. She was originally encouraged to draw comics by fellow cartoonists Richard Sala and Michael Dougan.
In 1992, she got her first piece published by
Drawn and Quarterly.
In 1996, her first graphic novel was
Daddy's Girl, published by Fantagraphics. It was a semi-autobiographical story dealing with difficult subjects such as rape, and incest. It was nominated for an Ignatz Award and also appeared as #81 in in February 1999. The Comics Journal's "Top 100 Comics list"
In 2002, her new graphic novel was
The Summer of Love, released by Drawn and Quarterly. It was also partly based on Drechsler's own experiences, dealing with typical teenage experiences such as alienation, confusion, and anger.
Drechsler used to live in
upstate New York, but since a few years back she is currently living in Santa Rosa, California.
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