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; Rina Piccolo 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 brain child 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 Comics Editor, Brendan Burford, Six Chix launched their blog, www.thesixchix.com, in 2008, and celebrated their 10th anniversary with a seminar at the National Cartoonists Society Reubens weekend in Jersey City, N.J.
Isabella Bannerman (Mondays): Originally from Buffalo, Isabella spent her formative cartooning years in New York City. Her work has appeared nationwide in alternative news-weeklies, and a book of her cartoons, "Pacifists in Bomber Jackets," was published in 1998. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Westchester County, N.Y.
Isabella won first prize for Single Panel Cartoon in San Francisco Bay Guardian Cartoon Contest
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?"
In 2006, Margaret officially became the writer on Apartment 3-G, the contemporary "soap opera" comic strip that speaks directly to the new generation of women who try to juggle careers, men and friendship.
Rina Piccolo(Wednesdays): Rina Piccolo’s cartoons have appeared in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Glamour, Reader’s Digest, Parade magazine and more. Her daily comic strip Tina’s Groove, is syndicated in newspapers and websites worldwide. Rina’s Web comic, Velia, Dear, runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at www.veliadear.com.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she now lives with her husband in New York City.
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 T’s, and her CafePress Shop which 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/.