The Margaret Sanger Story
By Peter Bagge
Drawn & Quarterly, Hardcover, 9781770461260, 104pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
The alternative-comics master offers an indelible and idiosyncratic take on the protofeminist
" "Woman Rebel"] is fine work from an excellent cartoonist and I urge you to jump right in."-Tom Spurgeon of "The Comics Reporter," from his introduction
Peter Bagge's "Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story" is a dazzling and accessible biography of the social and political maverick, jam-packed with fact and fun. In his signature cartoony, rubbery style, Bagge presents the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist from her birth in the late nineteenth century to her death after the invention of the birth control pill. Balancing humor and respect, Bagge makes Sanger whole and human, showing how her flaws fueled her fiery activism just as much as her compassionate nature did. Sanger's life takes on a whole new vivacity as Bagge creates a fast-paced portrait of a trailblazer whose legacy as the founder of Planned Parenthood is still incredibly relevant, important, and inspiring.
“[Woman Rebel] makes for a great read, full of politics, sex, controversy, yelling, feminism, and, of course, history.” —Paste
"I've been reading Peter Bagge's comics since I was 13 years old...So I do not say this lightly: I think Bagge's new biography of Sanger, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, is the best work of his career."—The Stranger