Barbara Slate

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Barbara Slate
Barbara Slate1.jpg
Barbara Slate in 2010
BornMay 9, 1947
Alma materThe Art Institute of Pittsburgh
OccupationCreator, Writer, Artist, Teacher
Years active1975 - present
Notable work
Getting Married and Other Mistakes,

You Can Do a Graphic Novel (Britannica eBook),

You Can Do a Graphic Novel Teacher's Guide (Britannica eBook),

Yuppies from Hell,

Angel Love,

Ms. Liz,

Sweet XVI
AwardsComicBookResources Barbara Slate Week,[1]

Parent's Choice Award for the writing of Barbie and Barbie Fashion comic books,[2] Forbie Award for Sweet XVI from Marvel Comics[3] Time Out Magazine, London, England recommendation of Angel Love as "TOP 10 Comic",

Cosmopolitan Magazine "Career Woman of the Month"

Barbara Slate (born May 9, 1947) is an American artist, cartoonist, graphic novelist, comic book creator, and writer. She is one of the few female artists who has created, written, and drawn comics for both DC and Marvel Comics.[4] Her textbook, You Can Do a Graphic Novel, was first published in 2010 by Alpha Books (Penguin/Putnam).[5] In 1986 Barbara created Angel Love for DC Comics, an adult-themed series for teenagers. In an exhibition review, The New York Times described her art as "emphatically of our time with its narrative of passion, gun violence, and female assertiveness."[6]


Early work[edit]

In 1974, Slate's feminist cartoon character, Ms. Liz,[7] appeared on millions of greeting cards, in a regular comic strip in Cosmopolitan magazine, and as the star in a series of animated segments on NBC's Today show in 1982.[8] Many magazines and newspapers published extensive articles about Barbara Slate and Ms. Liz.[9] Slate was interviewed about Ms. Liz for a seven-page feature in Cartoonist Profiles in 1983.[10]


Comic Book Resources began Barbara Slate Week May 13, 2013 with a column about Angel Love.[11] For Marvel Comics she created, wrote, and drew Sweet XVI,[12] wrote 65 Barbie and Barbie Fashion comics and put her own spin on the Disney films Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas. She also wrote and did the layout for the comic New Kids on the Block for Harvey Comics and Scooby Doo for DC Comics.[13] Barbara wrote over one hundred Betty and Veronica stories for Archie Comics throughout the 1990s and 2000s.[14]

Comic Strips[edit]

1980s: Ms. Liz was featured in Cosmopolitan, Working Woman, SELF, and New Woman Msliz.jpg

1989-90: Yuppies From Hell (Marvel Comics) was excerpted in Cosmopolitan

1993-94: Makin' Ends Meet appeared in First for Women magazine; 1995: Violet appeared in International magazine[15] Makin' Ends Meet.jpg Violet of course I understand.jpg

1998: Spinville appeared in React Magazine


2008-2010: You Can Do A Graphic Novel] in Archie Digests, The Independent Newspaper, The Columbia Newspaper

2009: "I Got Married and Other Mistakes" in The Columbia Newspaper[16]

Graphic Novels[edit]

Yuppies From Hell.jpg In 1989, Barbara's first graphic novel, Yuppies From Hell, was published by Marvel Comics. The 3 part novel was described as "a mixture of one-off satirical examinations of life among the world of young urban professionals (“yuppies”) and a few characters who we follow throughout the book as they make their way through the world."[17] Comic Book Resources declared the week of May 13th, 2013, to be "Barbara Slate Week]."[18] Brian Cronin writes that Slate "uses a 'soap opera' style to add a nice level of faux drama to the life of yuppies that works really well as a statement of the absurdity of it all."[19]

In 2012, Other Press published Getting Married and Other Mistakes.[20] Jo is a successful wedding photographer who had followed her mother's advice to snag a husband. After nine years of an unblissful marriage she is dumped for another woman and desperately needs to get on with her life. She realizes that her Mr. Right was actually Mr. Wrong and that she was living her life according to everyone's rules but her own. The graphic novel delves into Jo's struggle with female guilt and her quest for self-awareness.[21]

Getting Married and Other Mistakes was featured May 17, 2013 as the final segment of Barbara Slate Week by Comic Book Resources.[22]


Barbara Slate travels nationwide as a keynote speaker,[23] teacher, moderator and panelist. She teaches kids, teens, and adults how to do graphic novels at schools, libraries, and art centers nationwide, and is an instructor at The Cooper Union in New York City.[24]

In 2010, Pearson (Penuin/Alpha) published Slate's textbook, You Can Do a Graphic Novel.[25] Tom DeFalco, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics from 1987-1995, wrote the foreword for YCDAGN.[26]
YCDAGN was endorsed by Stan Lee, "...if anyone can bring out the writer and artist hidden within society's somnambulant psyche it's the titanically talented Barbara Slate. So please don't read this book. I have a family to support!"[27]
A Teacher's Guide[28] is used with this book at all levels of classroom education.


In the late 1990s, Slate wrote four Barbie Golden books, all published by Western Publishing Company. In '92 Slate wroteThe Big Splash, in '93 Very Busy Barbie, in '94 Hi, My Name is Barbie, and '95 was Soccer Coach.[29] In 2002, she wrote and drew The Shelby Care and Training Guide, published by Scholastic.[30] She did the layout and illustrated "Truly Mars & Venus" by John Gray in 2003, published by Harper-Collins in many languages.[31][32]

She is profiled in the seminal work "A Century of Women Cartoonists".[33]


  1. ^ "Barbara Slate Week Archives - CBR".
  2. ^ "BARBARA SLATE: Graphic Novelist".
  3. ^ "BARBARA SLATE: Graphic Novelist".
  4. ^ "Industry Trailblazer Aptly Chosen as ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Keynoter", Pennsylvania College of Technology,PCToday, February 28, 2014:
  5. ^ Slate, Barbara (2010). You Can do a Graphic Novel. ISBN 9781592579556.
  6. ^ Braff, Phyllis. "Interpreting That Deepest of Emotions, Love."The New York Times, March 10, 1996, p. LI24.
  7. ^ Rik Offenberger, First Comics News, August 16, 2005,
  8. ^ Barbara Slate (2 July 2013). "Barbara Slate and Ms. Liz on the TODAY show, 1982" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Barbara Slate's TV Star is a sexpot with brains | Ms. Liz stars and Barbara Slate shines" by John O'Connell.Weekender Journal Star Leisure Magazine, Peoria, Dec. 11, 1982, cover, pp. 3 & 4.
  10. ^ Hurd, Jud. "Ms. Liz" Cartoonist Profiles No. 58, June, 1983, pp. 26-32.
  11. ^ "Barbara Slate Week! - Angel Love". 14 May 2013.
  12. ^ See Comic Book Resources, Barbara Slate Week, May 15, 2013
  13. ^ Slate, Barbara. "Barbara Slate". Barbara Slate. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  14. ^ Comic Book Resources
  15. ^ "BARBARA SLATE: Graphic Novelist".
  16. ^ "I Got Married and Other Mistakes #3: Message from Hell". Archived from the original on 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  17. ^ Cronin, Brian (15 May 2013). "Barbara Slate Week! - Yuppies From Hell". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Barbara Slate Week Archives - CBR".
  19. ^ Cronin, Brian (15 May 2013). "Barbara Slate Week! - Yuppies From Hell". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Getting Married and Other Mistakes".
  21. ^ Slate, Barbara (2012). Getting Married and Other Mistakes. Other Press. ISBN 9781590515358.
  22. ^ "Barbara Slate Week! - Getting Married and Other Mistakes". 18 May 2013.
  23. ^ "Industry Trailblazer Aptly Chosen as ‘Wildcat Comic Con’ Keynoter". Pennsylvania College of Technology, February 28, 2014.
  24. ^ "Barbara Slate - The Cooper Union".
  25. ^ "Barbara Slate: The ABC of Graphic Novels" by Lauren Barack. School Library Journal, March 17, 2010
  26. ^ Slate, Barbara (2010). You Can Do a Graphic Novel. Alpha Books. ISBN 9781592579556.
  27. ^ Slate, Barbara (2014). You Can Do a Graphic Novel. Minsky. ISBN 978-0937258057.
  28. ^ "You Can Do a Graphic Novel Teacher's Guide".
  29. ^ "Results for '"barbara Slate" barbie golden book' []".
  30. ^ Slate, Barbara (1 January 2002). The Shelby care and training guide. Scholastic. OCLC 50440575 – via Open WorldCat.
  31. ^ Gray, John; Slate, Barbara (1 January 2004). Mars a Venuše s láskou: ilustrovaný průvodce teorií muži jsou z Marsu, ženy z Venuše. Práh. OCLC 85132751 – via Open WorldCat.
  32. ^ Gray, John; Lavédrine, Anne; Slate, Barbara (1 January 2003). Le petit Mars et Vénus illustré. M. Lafon. OCLC 469330437 – via Open WorldCat.
  33. ^ Robbins, Trina (1 January 1993). A century of women cartoonists. Kitchen Sink Press. OCLC 28183236 – via Open WorldCat.

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