About the Chix

Six Chix is a unique daily comic strip. It is created by six women cartoonists who each draw a day of the week and then rotate the Sunday strips. Isabella Bannerman draws Mondays; Martha Gradisher draws Tuesdays; Susan Camilleri Konar draws Wednesdays; Mary Lawton draws Thursdays; Benita Epstein draws Fridays; and Stephanie Piro draws Saturdays. Each cartoonist writes and draws with her own style and perspective. In any given week, you might find gags about the economy, technology, zombies, pirates or health care — and the main characters will be female and funny.

Six Chix was the brainchild of the late Jay Kennedy who in 2000, when Six Chix was launched, was the editor-in-chief of King Features. He made it his mission to be on the lookout for new cartoonists and to try and bring more women creators and readers to the comics. Six Chix helped him achieve these goals. Continuing with Editor Brendan Burford, Six Chix launched their blog, www.thesixchix.com, in 2008. In 2014, Six Chix was honored to receive a nomination for “Best Newspaper Comic Strip of the Year.”

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Isabella Bannerman (Mondays): Isabella Bannerman spent her formative cartooning years in New York City, working in animation. In addition to Six Chix, her cartoons have appeared nationwide in alternative newsweeklies and in various magazines. A book of her cartoons, “Pacifists in Bomber Jackets,” was published in 1998, and another collection “Cartoons for Caregivers” was printed in 2013.

In 2014, she won a Silver Reuben Award from The National Cartoonists Society for Best Newspaper Comic Strip for her work on Six Chix. In 2014 she also won a Front Page award for Editorial Cartooning from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for a four-page story called “Palliative Care” that was published in the magazine “World War 3 Illustrated.”

She lives with her family in Westchester County, N.Y.

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Martha Gradisher (Tuesdays): Martha Gradisher is an accomplished cartoonist and illustrator. Clients include Harper Collins, Penguin Press and Blackdog & Leventhal. In addition, she created a feature for Parade Publications called “Problem Personalities” and also created an APP for Petersons (the S.A.T. people) and a calendar for Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Funny Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Harvard Business Review, Reader’s Digest and one in Playboy.

Gradisher lives in Fearington, Village, N.C., with Jon, her husband of many years. She has two sons, Harry and Max, his wife Shira, and a couple of li’l grandchildren who, if she fails to mention, she will hear about at dinner.

Her portfolio is online at MarthaGradisher.com.

 

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Susan Camilleri Konar (Wednesdays): Susan’s cartoons have appeared in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Narrative, Barron’s Prospect (UK), Business Law, and various newspapers. She also writes gags for syndicated and freelance cartoonists.

In addition to cartooning, Susan has created illustrations for clients such as Squirrel Systems, Scholastic, and the University of BC.

Susan is a member of The National Cartoonists Society and the Federation of Canadian Artists. http://susancam.ca/

 

 

Mary Lawton (Thursdays):  Since 1983 Mary Lawton’s cartoons have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Reader’s Digest, The Utne Reader, Ms., The San Francisco Chronicle, The Realist, Funny Times, and Narrative.

Mary illustrated The Bette’s Diner Pancake Handbook, The Hip Mama Survival Guide and, most recently, Lone Stars: Outsider Art In Texas.  Her cartoons have been exhibited in Boston, Berkeley, and at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

She is also an accomplished portrait painter and has shown her paintings in Bill’s Junk Gallery in Houston.

A native New Yorker, she has lived in Texas with her husband and two sons for 23 years.

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Benita Epstein (Fridays): Before becoming a freelance cartoonist, Benita Epstein conducted scientific and medical research. Her cartoons have appeared in hundreds of publications including The New Yorker, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, American Scientist, Reader’s Digest, greeting cards and three of her own cartoon collections. Benita lives with her family in rural northern California.
The National Cartoonists Society nominated Benita four times for “Best Gag Cartoonist” and twice for “Best Greeting Card Cartoonist.”

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Stephanie Piro (Saturdays): Besides her work for Six Chix, Stephanie Piro also draws and writes Fair Game, a single panel that appears on her website and in newspapers. Her cartoons have been published all over the place, including magazines, books, many cartoon collections, greeting cards and calendars. She is the author of “My Cat Loves Me Naked,” “Men! Ha!” and “Caffeinated Cartoons,” and has also illustrated several books.
Stephanie also designs gift items for her company, Strip T’s. Her CafePress Shop includes a line of t-shirts and other fun things for women, book lovers, musicians and cat lovers. In her spare time (ha!), she works in a library and gardens. You can see more of her work at: www.stephaniepiro.com and http://stephanie-piro.blogspot.com/.

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