Twisted Sisters started as a one-shot published by Last Gasp in 1976 after Aline Kominsky and Diane Noomin had a disagreement with the Wimmen's Comix collective. Noomin later used the title again for a paperback collection of women's underground and alternative comics, published for mainstream audiences by Penguin Books in 1991. The success of that book encouraged Noomin to pitch another book of new material to Kitchen Sink Press publisher Denis Kitchen. Kitchen agreed, but for cost reasons, he published the material in four issues before collecting them into a paperback. The series and collection were published in 1995.

Cover Gallery[edit | edit source]

1976 One-Shot[edit | edit source]

Last Gasp, 1976


Cover by Aline Kominsky

  • Hot Air by Aline Kominsky and Diane Noomin
  • The Fabulous World of DiDi Glitz by Diane Noomin
  • The Young Bunch by Aline Kominsky
  • More of the Bunch by Aline Kominsky
  • DiDi's Priority Pie by Diane Noomin

Volume 1[edit | edit source]

Penguin Books, 1991; ISBN 0140153772

Twisted Sisters: A Collection of Bad Girl Art is a trade paperback anthology of underground comix edited by Diane Noomin, published by Penguin Books in 1991. It collects works from earlier underground comix, though despite what the title suggests, none come from the earlier Twisted Sisters comic.

Carol Lay[edit | edit source]

  • Face the Facts of Love from El Vibora (1983)
  • Grunge 361 from Good Girls #4 (1989)
  • The Prince and the Art Girl from Weirdo #27 (1990)

Penny Moran Van Horn[edit | edit source]

  • Catholic School from Wimmen's Comix #15 (1989)
  • The Pickup previously unpublished
  • Texas Characters from Weirdo #27 (1990)
  • Ten Dollars for Two Minutes from Weirdo #19 (1986)
  • Domestic Bliss from The Daily Texan (1990)
  • A Bird in the Beard from Weirdo #26 (1986)

Phoebe Gloeckner[edit | edit source]

  • Magda Meets the Little Men in the Woods from Wimmen's Comix #14 (1989)
  • The Sad Tale of the Visible Woman and Her Invisible Man Wimmen's Comix #16 (1990)
  • An Evening in Prague from Young Lust #7 (1990)
  • Periodic Fantasy from Weirdo #24 (1988)
  • Quaker School Q-ties in "Plan Against the Boys" from Weirdo #26 (1989)

Diane Noomin[edit | edit source]

Krystine Kryttre[edit | edit source]

  • Bimbos From Hell from Weirdo #22 (1987)
  • Dolores Park from Weirdo #26 (1989)
  • Horny Blows It from Snake Eyes #1 (1990)
  • On Being Too Intense from Tits & Clits #7 (1987)
  • The Gospel According to Father Phlem from Sexy Stories From World's Religions (1990)
  • Nihilist Romance from Deadbeat Magazine (1986)
  • Crucifixion (1988)
  • Next 5 Miles from Death Warmed Over (1990)

M.K. Brown[edit | edit source]

  • I Can't Work Today from Wimmen's Comix #9 (1984)
  • Coping With Chain-saw Massacres from National Lampoon (1986)
  • Odd Moon Rising from National Lampoon (1987)
  • White Girl Sings the Blues from National Lampoon (1989)
  • Easy Home Auto Repair from National Lampoon (1988)
  • They Came From Space from Arcade #6 (1976)
  • Guide Dogs from National Lampoon (1987)
  • The Right Brain and Wrong Brain from National Lampoon (1986)
  • Let's Do the White Girl Twist (Like We Did Last Summer) from National Lampoon (1986)
  • Marriage Mirage from Mother Jones (1979)
  • Free Glue Sample from National Lampoon (1987)
  • Espeakink Spanich en Macy's from National Lampoon (1986)
  • Singles Bar from National Lampoon (1979)

Julie Doucet[edit | edit source]

  • Heavy Flow from Weirdo #26 (1989)
  • The Magic Necklace from Weirdo #27 (1990)
  • My Conscience Is Bugging Me from Drawn & Quarterly #2 (1990)
  • Vive La Différence from Weirdo #27 (1990)
  • So Why I Had That Stupid Dream? from Rip-Off Comics #28 (1990)

Aline Kominsky-Crumb[edit | edit source]

  • Growing Up as Arnie's Girl from Weirdo #26 (1989)
  • Moo Goo Gai Pan from Weirdo #20 (1989)
  • Le Bunché de Paree Turns 40 from Weirdo #24 (1988)
  • Nose Job from Wimmen's Comix #15 (1989)
  • Merci Areevwahr Ameriker from Weirdo #27 (1990)

Mary Fleener[edit | edit source]

  • Skulls n' Stiffs from Heck! (1989)
  • The "Jelly" from Slutburger Stories (1990)
  • Slug Fest from Rip-Off Comics (1989)

Leslie Sternbergh[edit | edit source]

Carel Moiseiwitsch[edit | edit source]

  • "More Guys Than Gals Are Forced Into Sex" from LA Weekly (1989)
  • Tammy Faye Bakker and Her Hoppin' Shoppin' Demons from Weirdo #25 (1989)
  • Wonder Calavera--Woman Revolucionaria from Pop-Duet (1987)
  • Little Fight in Mexico from Rip Off Comix #26 (1990)
  • Mean Woman Blues from Rock & Roll Quarterly (1988)
  • Priapic Alphabet (1991)
  • Siren from Rotating Bodies (1988)
  • Femme Fatale from Rotating Bodies (1988)
  • High on PMS from Weirdo #22 (1989)
  • Guilt Without Sex from Rotating Bodies (1988)
  • Beastly Woman from Sortez la Chienne #3 (1988)
  • Car Woman from Rotating Bodies (1988)
  • "We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident" from Village Voice (1988)

Caryn Leschen[edit | edit source]

Dori Seda[edit | edit source]

  • Let's Eat Brains from Weirdo #22 (1987)
  • Cleanliness Is Next to Dogliness from Weirdo #18 (1986)
  • Fashion as a Losing Battle from Wimmen's Comix #11 (1987)
  • Of Human Bondage and Discipline from Lonely Nights (1985)

Carol Tyler[edit | edit source]

  • Detour of Duty from Street Music #4 (1989)
  • The Return of Mrs. Kite from Weirdo #22 (1988)
  • Uncovered Property from Weirdo #20 (1987)
  • Sweet Miss Lee from Wimmen's Comix #14 (1989)
  • (Back Cover) Anatomy of a New Mom from Weirdo #25 (1989)

Volume 2[edit | edit source]

Kitchen Sink Press, April 1995; ISBN 0878763395

Twisted Sisters 2: Drawing the Line is a trade paperback collection of four issues edited by Diane Noomin, published by Kitchen Sink Press in 1995.

The Introduction is written by noted "sexpert" Susie Bright.


Issue 1[edit | edit source]

Kitchen Sink Press, April 1994

Cover by Mary Fleener


Issue 2[edit | edit source]

Kitchen Sink Press, May 1994

Cover by Carol Lay


Issue 3[edit | edit source]

Kitchen Sink Press, July 1994

Cover by Julie Doucet


Issue 4[edit | edit source]

Kitchen Sink Press, July 1994

Cover by Aline Kominsky-Crumb

  • Baby Talk: A Tale Of 4 Miscarriages by Diane Noomin
  • Clio's Problem by Carol Lay
  • Co-Dependent Ski Vacation by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
  • The Story Of Lilith by Dame Darcy
  • Ten Miles From Three Mile Island by Leslie Sternbergh
  • Wiseguys by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
  • Back Cover by Diane Noomin

Exhibitions[edit | edit source]

Both Twisted Sisters trade paperbacks were promoted with exhibitions. In November 1991, the first volume's exhibition was held at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, California. The opening reception was taped by Adam Alexander, Leslie Sternbergh's husband, and is available to watch on the Internet Archive and YouTube.

For Volume 2, Noomin organized an exhibition for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Artists featured included M.K. Brown, Julie Doucet, Debbie Drechsler, Mary Fleener, Phoebe Gloeckner, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Krystine Kryttre, Carol Lay, Caryn Leschen, Carel Moiselwitsch, Penny Moran Van Horn, Diane Noomin, Fiona Smyth, Dame Darcy Stanger, Leslie Sternbergh, Carol Swain, and Carol Tyler. The exhibition later ran from January 19 to February 18, 1996, at White Columns in New York City.

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