Roberta Gregory

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Roberta Gregory
Born 1953 (age 62–63)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
Bitchy Bitch
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. Starting in 1999, Bitchy Bitch was featured in Life's a Bitch, an animated series that was shown on the Oxygen Network 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 comic anthologies, including Robert Kirby's Strange Looking Exile. As well, 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 (1976) - 1,2
  • Sheila and the Unicorn (1988)
  • Winging It (1988)
  • Winging It 2 (1999)
  • Artistic Licentiousness (91-94) - 1-3
  • Naughty Bits (Fantagraphics 1991-2004) - issues 1-40


  • A Bitch is Born (1994)
  • As Naughty as She Wants to Be (1995)
  • At Work and Play with Bitchy Bitch (1996) - material from NB 10-14
  • Bitchy's College Daze (1997) - stories from NB 15-19
  • Bitchy Butch: World's Angriest Dyke (1999) - stories from NB 21,23,26,and stories from Gay Comix
  • Burn Bitchy Burn (2002)
  • Life's a Bitch (2005) - first half of Bitchy stories plus one new story
  • Bitchy Strips One Shot (2001) - collection of weekly strips previously printed in newspapers


  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.

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