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; Margaret Shulock draws Tuesdays; Susan Camilleri Konar draws Wednesdays; Anne Gibbons draws Thursdays; Benita Epstein draws Fridays; and Stephanie Piro draws Saturdays. Each cartoonist writes and draws with her own style and perspective. On any 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.”
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 news-weeklies 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.
Margaret Shulock (Tuesdays): As a kid, when she wasn’t drawing, Margaret was usually hanging out in the barn, wondering what the chickens were really talking about. Now she lives in the wilds of New York State, still drawing and still wondering about her neighbors and waxing poetic about such mysteries as “How do porcupines pass the time on those long winter nights?”
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/
Anne Gibbons (Thursdays): Although Anne Gibbons always loved to draw, she went up a few blind alleys pursuing other careers before realizing she simply had to become a cartoonist. Since that turning point, her cartoons and illustrations have adorned magazines including Reader’s Digest, Glamour and Redbook, books, newspapers and websites. Her greeting cards have been published by industry leaders for more than 20 years. The National Cartoonists Society honored Gibbons with the prestigious Reuben Award for Greeting Cards in 2000.
In addition to Six Chix, Gibbons creates a comic strip called Eve ’n Steven that appears in Coffee Talk, an all cartoon newspaper published in New York City. She recently illustrated a book about relationships entitled “Opposites Attract” by Renee Baron, published by Harper Collins, and is currently working on a humor book.
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, 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.”
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 Ts. 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/.