Sarah Dyer

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Sarah Dyer
Dyer at the Big Apple Comic Con, November 14, 2008.
Born October 18
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
Action Girl Comics
Awards Lulu Award 1998
Spouse(s) Evan Dorkin

Sarah Dyer is an American comic book writer and artist with roots in the zine movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Dyer was born in Louisiana,[1] went to college in Gainesville, Florida and then moved to New York City.


While in Gainesville in 1988, she worked on the No Idea fanzine with Var Thelin.[2]

In 1992, Dyer created and began distributing the Action Girl Newsletter, a review zine listing zines and mini-comics created by female writers and artists.[2] Her first comic book credit was for coloring the cover for Pirate Corp$ #5 (December 1992).[3]

Dyer launched the all-female comics anthology Action Girl Comics in October 1994,[3] which showcased comics and mini-comics by female artists and writers, as well as Dyer's own Action Girl series. In addition to her work with comics, Dyer has self-published manuals and articles on topics ranging from zine publishing to cooking to making clothing, all firmly rooted in DIY philosophy.

Dyer worked with her husband, Evan Dorkin, on the pilot episode for Welcome to Eltingville in 2002. The couple also wrote some episodes of the Superman animated series, such as the episode "Live Wire", which introduced a new character of the same name. The pair contributed to the script of the 2006 English-language version of the anime Shin Chan, which ran for six episodes. Dyer has also colored Dorkin's work[4] including the cover art for several ska compilation albums in the 1990s.[5] Dyer wrote for Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Superman Adventures, and Batman Beyond.[3]

She donated zines accumulated through reviewing for Action Girl Newsletter to Duke University, where it formed the core of their Zine Collections.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Dyer is married to fellow comics writer/artist Evan Dorkin, with whom she has a daughter named Emily.[7]


Sarah Dyer was nominated for a Lulu Award in the category "Lulu of the Year" in 1997[8] and won in 1998.[9]


  1. ^ "Sarah Dyer". Lambiek Comiclopedia. June 9, 2012. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Piepmeier, Alison (2009). Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism. New York, NY: New York University Press. pp. 23–26. ISBN 978-0814767528. 
  3. ^ a b c Sarah Dyer at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Devlin, Desmond (August 14, 2013). "Idiot Spotlight: Desmond Devlin and Evan Dorkin's 'Chilling Thoughts 2013'". The Idiotical. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Toyzilla Interviews Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer". Toyzilla. 2000. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. I got to know a few bands and band members...and eventually was asked to do the art for an anthology album by the guys from Bim Skala Bim. Eventually I did a few more, and when I met Sarah we both worked on them. We've done over a dozen 
  6. ^ "Guide to the Sarah Dyer Zine Collection, 1985-2005". Duke University Libraries. n.d. Archived from the original on May 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Lane, Russ (June 21, 2008). "Heroes Con: The Creative Household Panel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Friends of Lulu 1997 Lulu Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Friends of Lulu 1998 Lulu Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. 

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