Roberta Gregory

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Roberta Gregory
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
Naughty Bits
Awards Inkpot Award, 1994

Roberta Gregory (born 1953)[1] is an American comic book writer and artist best known for her character Bitchy Bitch from her Fantagraphics Books series Naughty Bits.[2][3]


Gregory was born in Los Angeles, California, where her father was Disney comics writer and artist Bob Gregory. Gregory began her career in 1974 by publishing comics in the all-female Wimmen's Comix anthologies and in other 1970s underground comix, and created the strip Feminist Funnies. In 1976, she published the first issue of a feminist comic book, Dynamite Damsels, which Gregory considered to be the first regulation-sized comic book to be published by one woman.[citation needed]

In 1990 Gregory created "Bitchy Bitch" Midge McCracken, a woman angry at the world who frequently explodes with rage.[4] She starred in the 40-issue series Naughty Bits, which was published by Fantagraphics from 1991 to 2004. The stories were set in present-day, though occasionally strayed to such milieu as the Middle Ages.[citation needed] Bitchy Bitch has a lesbian counterpart named Bitchy Butch. Beginning in 2001, a series of shorts featuring Bitchy Bitch called Bitchy Bits was shown on the Oxygen Network animated series X-Chromosome.[5] Life's a Bitch, an animated series spun-off from the X-Chromosome shorts, aired from 2003–2004 on Oxygen in the U.S. and on The Comedy Network in Canada.[citation needed]

Gregory's other work includes the fantasy graphic novel Winging It, the 3-issue series Artistic Licentiousness, and the comic strip Sheila and the Unicorn.

Gregory has contributed to a number of comics anthologies, including Robert Kirby's Strange Looking Exile. In addition, she is one of the contributors to Free to Fight, the interactive self-defense project for women. Gregory has received several Eisner Award nominations in the humor, best short story, best writer, and best writer/artist categories. In 1994 she was given an Inkpot Award by Comic-Con International.


Comics & graphic novels[edit]

  • Dynamite Damsels (self-published, 1976) — 2 issues
  • Sheila and the Unicorn (Solo Productions, 1988)
  • Winging It (Solo Productions, 1988)
  • Artistic Licentiousness (Starhead Comix, 1991-1994) — 3 issues
  • Naughty Bits (Fantagraphics, 1991-2004) — 40 issues
  • Winging It 2 (self-published, 1999)


  • A Bitch is Born: Adventures of Midge the Bitchy Bitch (Fantagraphics, 1994) ISBN 978-1560971566
  • Naughty Bits vol. 2: As Naughty as She Wants to Be (Fantagraphics 1996) ISBN 978-1560971825 — collecting material considered too controversial for the first Naughty Bits collection
  • At Work and Play with Bitchy Bitch (Fantagraphics, 1996) ISBN 978-1560973065 — material from Naughty Bits #10-14
  • Bitchy's College Daze: Adventures of Midge the Bitchy Bitch (Fantagraphics, 1998) ISBN 978-1560972778— stories from Naughty Bits #15-19
  • Bitchy Butch: World's Angriest Dyke (Fantagraphics, 1999) ISBN 978-1560973492 — stories from Naughty Bits #21, 23, 26, and stories from Gay Comix
  • Bitchy Strips (self-published, 2001) — one-shot collection of weekly strips previously published in alternative weeklies such as the Seattle Weekly and Willamette Week
  • Burn Bitchy Burn (Fantagraphics, 2002) ISBN 978-1560974925
  • Life's a Bitch: Complete Bitchy Bitch Stories (Fantagraphics, 2005) ISBN 978-1560976561 — first half of Bitchy Bitch stories plus one new story


  1. ^ Roberta Gregory at the Lambiek Comiclopedia.
  2. ^ "Artist Bio - Roberta Gregory". Fantagraphics Books. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Constant, Paul (May 15, 2010). "Reading Today: Women We Love". The Stranger. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Bitchy Bitch at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on March 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Beck, Jerry. "TV Review: X-Chromosome," ANIMATIONWorld (October 8, 2001).

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