Two outstanding Lily Renée, Escape Artist book events, featuring Golden Age comic book pioneer Lily Renée and author, artist and historian extraordinaire Trina Robbins, took place last week in Manhattan. Both were memorable successes.

The Thursday, November 3 presentation at Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) and the Sunday afternoon gathering at Books of Wonder in Chelsea were fun, lively and brought three-dimensionality to a subject that could only be experienced through attending an event in person.

Full of spunk and verve, Lily Renée shared her inspirational story and offered an insightful perspective of her life in art and comics–from escaping the ravages of World War II to breaking into the comic book world in 1940s New York, becoming a pioneer in the process.

Trina Robbins gave a warm and informative slideshow presentation, illustrating Lily Renee’s life and rise in the industry while Lily took questions from Trina and the attentive audiences.

Comic book fans came from as far away as Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to attend these unique events. Ladies Making Comics blogger Alexa Dickman, who arrived from Boston for the Sunday event praised the experience in a glowing article on Bleeding Cool. She gushed, “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet two women I have admired ever since I started delving into ladies’ comics history.”

Ms. Dickman’s sentiments reflect a great many comic book fans from all over the country who admire the groundbreaking accomplishments that women have made over the years. And Lily Renée and Trina Robbins rank sky high on the list of those to honor in the annals of comic book history.

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