Keep Bitch in Print: Because Print is Beautiful

One of the absolute best things about my job is the opportunity it gives me to work with amazing illustrators. Since I started here as art director last spring, I have already been able to collaborate with more than 30 different artists, from all over the world, and have been able to connect with many more.

A papercut of a girl in a nest and a bird by Lorrain Nam, and an illustration-print by Zachary Zezima

(Left: Lorraine Nam, issue 49. Right: Zachary Zezima, issue #51.)

Times are changing for illustrators.

Traditional print markets are dwindling, but even as publications struggle, there is a growing appreciation for beautifully printed materials…stores are brimming with letterpress cards, silkscreened wares, and archival prints of artist works. Illustrators have to create a lot of this work themselves.  They have to be entrpreneurs, designers, communicators, gallery artists, and product designers. It's always exciting to be able to use more of your brain in your work, and one of the benefits of this changing market is that some of the best artists are creating an inventive, fluid, and savvy business of illustration.

I want Bitch to remain a vital part of the market for artists, to give new illustrators a chance to invest in editorial content and get their names out into the world, and more established artists a chance to respond as feminists to pop culture. We pride ourselves on being an open market to showcase male and female illustrators, comic artists, and writers.  The rest of the market is suprisingly male-dominated, and I want Bitch to be a part of opening that up.

When I tell illustrators I work for Bitch, the response almost always delights me…people excited to tell me that we were the first to publish their work, people who are willing to donate a part of their normal rate because they believe in what we do, newer illustrators who admire so many of the people we've published in the past, and comic artists who get to focus on a feminist from history who they admire. If you subscribe now, you'll see a new Feministory comic by Mimi Pond, who did the back page for Seventeen magazine and was an art hero of mine growing up. Issue #49 features Kristopher Pollard, who was visiting from the midwest, came to our anniversary party, and gave us big hugs.

It's even more rewarding to be able to support these artists when they go above and beyond for Bitch. The blog, podcasts, and community programming Bitch Media supports are not going anywhere, but the truth is, we couldn't support these amazing artists in print without you! Take a look at some of the amazing artwork we've been able to showcase this past year and subscribe, renew, give a gift subscription, or become a sustainer now.



Four examples of illustration work from recent issues of Bitch magazine, including a graphic image of an Atheist Robot Man by Ryan Brown, a graphic illustration of young women at a rock show by Kristopher Pollard, a close-up of a bearded lady illustration by Yoswadi Krutklom, and a watercolor sketch by Wendy Macnaughton

(From top left: Ryan Brown, issue #51; Kristopher Pollard, issue #49; Yoswadi Krutklom, issue #49. Bottom left: Wendy MacNaughton, issue #47.)


Five examples of illustration work from recent issues of Bitch magazine, including an illustration of legs in a pair of red shoes by Leslie A. Wood, a beautiful close-up of an illustration by Elisha Lim, a sample comic panel from Mimi Pond reading 'Carole Lombard appears to Lucy in a dream' about Lucille Ball, an illustration of Tori Amos by Rebecca Green, and some sample comic panels by Jen Sorensen

(Top row, from left: Leslie A. Wood, issue #52; Elisha Lim, issue #52; Mimi Pond, issue #52. Bottom row, from left: Jen Sorensen, issue #51; Rebecca Green, issue #50.)

by Kristin Rogers Brown
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Kristin Rogers Brown is a creative director, designer, and problem-solver. She was Bitch Media’s Art Director (2010-2018). When not designing, you can find her teaching illustration and design at PNCA or hoping to pet your dog. Follow her on twitter or instagram.

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Always loved the artwork in

Always loved the artwork in Bitch :) I've been reading it for about a year and a half, so it's long past time to get a subscription. I love Bitch, and in addition to having the best artwork and feminist perspectives, it is a welcome relief from all the beauty mags and tabloids I have to look at in the supermarket check out aisle!

Thanks for the kind words,

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