“Vermont’s only free femme Alt Comics newspaper!”
Each time Teppi Zuppo taught a workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, the Vermont cartoonist and CCS grad told students about the Ladybroad Ledger. Zuppo hoped someone might express interest in taking the reins of the comic newspaper for femme- and nonbinary-identifying cartoonists that Zuppo and others had launched in Burlington in early 2017.
Over months of Zuppo’s pitching, however, no student expressed much enthusiasm. That is, until 23-year-old Annabel Driussi and her friends got wind of the project.
When Zuppo mentioned relaunching the Ladybroad Ledger to a Zoom workshop on comics in March, Driussi and two of her classmates, Violet Kitchen and Sofia Lesage, began furiously texting each other about taking over the paper.
A major difference between drawing for the Ladybroad Ledger and social media, Driussi said, is that the paper gives the artist substantially more space for their cartoon. A typical Instagram cartoon is two-by-two inches, while the Ladybroad Ledger accepts submissions as large as 11 by 17 inches — the size of a tabloid-format newspaper.
Look for the fifth issue of the Ladybroad Ledger in August.
Learn more at ladybroadledger.com.