Ellis Rosen and I have a joint cartoon in the June 4th, 2018 issue!
In one week the Kickstarter Campaign for the Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Storytelling Book Tour reached initial funding, but we're not stopping there!
I am so honored and humbled by your support. I'm also really excited. Thanks to the help of my fans, friends, and family, I am going to take my first book of cartoons on a kick ass book tour from New York to San Francisco to Los Angeles. But why stop there?
With 22 days left in our campaign, we've added stretch goals to go to more cities, to hear more of your stories, to share in more of your laughter. If you live in Chicago, Seattle or Portland -- or maybe your friends, family and exe(s) do - - please check out this campaign! The more you can support, the more everyone benefits. More buttons, more books, even more animation! Plus, there are still so many great rewards available from me, Jon-Michael Frank, Matthew Sweet, Feminist Fight Club and more!
And just in case you haven't seen it yet, or you need a reminder, or reason to laugh, here's my mother and I discussing the tour, campaign, and you know, Kim Kardashian.
After instagramming a photo of a poster in Williamsburg that said "Hillary does not understand RoomZoom," I was contacted by the folks who run the new roommate search website in Brooklyn. First they invited me to a party, then they asked to interview me. So last week I spoke with the lovely Yuri Iwahara, and this is probably my favorite thing I said:
"I am a lady and therefore my cartoons are about being a lady, but ultimately ladies are humans so my cartoons are about being human. So yes there are feminist themes."
The lesson here is, instagram can lead you to greatness. Check out the full article here!
Many of you might have read yesterday’s article in the NY Times regarding Paula Broadwell, General Petraeus, and moving forward after what we all knew to be the “scandal.” Jessica Bennet writes that after their affair went public, Broadwell, though a West Point graduate, military intelligence officer, Olympic-distance triathlete among many other accomplishments, was attacked as the “mistress” while Petraeus was still “described by former aides as ‘the consummate gentleman and family man." While Broadwell admits she made a mistake, she is now working to change the way we talk about women in the media. She founded Think Broader, which is focused on research and awareness of gender bias in the media. I have been working closely with Broadwell over the past month to develop a cartoon similar to the Bechtel test that can at least begin to teach us what news media is ok to consume. We released the official Think Broader “test” last Friday, and I am sharing it with you today here.
It’s been an interesting project for me because I work to avoid the news in my daily life. I’m aware how naive it sounds, but I’m just not interested. It all seems to exist on a sliding scale between a curated nightmare and consumerism digest.
And for that reason I don’t have cable, I don’t have a news site I check, and I rarely read the paper (which is at least the last place you can easily avoid an advertisement). All in all, I’m rather uninformed. The only time I’m really hit with it is when I go home to my parents’ in California where the TV is always on. It is a constant stream of either terrible, annoying, or unnecessary things like Trump, makeovers or what to cook for your family this Memorial Day Weekend. But one thing I did notice on my past trip was the same comments about female hosts from the peanut gallery. I won’t name names but I did hear some derogatory spouts about an anchor’s weight, hair-do, and how she really “wasn’t that hot,” all the while no one ever seems to care about the physical attributes of the male host. Of this, I was maybe (sadly) not shocked, but terribly disgruntled.
It was around that time that Broadwell contacted me to create this cartoon for her, and it really sparked my interest. After hearing her story firsthand and the intense scrutiny her appearance was under, I was honored and thrilled to send this message out with her. Whether the bias is internal, unintentional, or reactionary, it is an issue that needs to be continually addressed until it is stomped out of our societal discourse.
Though it may seem as if none of us can make a change alone, we can work together to shift the discussion. Bennett writes how Broadwell has been working to eliminate the use of terms like “mistress,’ a word for which there is no male equivalent.”
And so here we have the Think Broader test for news media. We encourage you to follow these three criteria as a means for evaluating news media articles or broadcasts for gender bias, or any type of bias really.
1. A news story must avoid lazy stereotypes.
2. The news must be provided by a credible source.
3. The news must fairly frame the issue at hand.
Think Broader invites you to share your example of media bias here.
I am very excited to announce that Cartoons By Hilary has signed on as a new contributing illustrator of NY Times columnist Jessica Bennett’s first book “Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual For a Sexist Workplace.” The book will be published this Fall with HarperCollins. Bennett is a fantastic journalist and I am honored to be joining her in the fight against patriarchy.
This makes the second book in 2016 for me to be illustrating--"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better" is slated to come out later in the year with Animal Media Group. I am humbled and thrilled by the work ahead of me. As always, follow @CartoonsByHilary on Instagram and Facebook for the absolute latest, and follow FFC on Instagram @FeministFightClub for all things #BADASS!
About the Book
Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.
It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born.
Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace—as well as the system that perpetuates them.
Last week was an interesting one. On Tuesday morning I awoke to one of my Instagram followers notifying me that a cartoon of mine had been reposted on multiple places. Great! I thought. No, not great. The cartoon was posted with my signature cut out. And not just on some personal accounts. From one, it led to another, which led to Thrillist, crediting the wrong person with nearly 3k in likes, and three days without my knowing of the error. The word is livid. I was livid. I commented and messaged and demanded everything be fixed, from who I thought was the original signature-cutter to Thrillist. It’s silly that I even questioned myself, “This is illegal, right?” Of course it is, Hilary! This may be the wild wild west of the internet, but this was a clean-cut issue of copyright.
After making quite the social media fuss, the credit was fixed, apologies were received, and I found that it was another person, whose identity has not been discovered, who originally screen-capped the cartoon and reposted without due credit. So technically, I couldn’t be “mad” at Thrillist. They didn’t know what they were doing, they couldn’t have known. So if I couldn’t be mad at Thrillist what was I to all of these feelings? For about 12 minutes I was so unsure of where to place the anger. But then I narrowed it down.
Yes, it’s the internet. Yes we’re all sharing each other’s work all the time. We like, repost, retweet, favorite, reply, whatever. But the mindset of anyone who thinks it is okay to share someone’s work while deliberately cutting out their credit, that frightens me. And they probably didn’t think anything of it! They just did it and moved on with their day. “La-tee-da, who else shall I rip off today?”
Sure you can throw a filter on a super cool early Snoopy cartoon and call it a day, but please, please dear god, do not hurt the little artist. Everyone knows who Snoopy is, Snoopy for sure gets paid. Cartoons by Hilary sometimes gets paid but she also works at a restaurant and lives off of eggs and toast (I mean I love eggs and toast so don’t like, worry about me).
So while Thrillist went ahead and made the corrections, they couldn’t rectify three entire days of people seeing that cartoon and not knowing it was mine. Sure, the original stealer couldn’t have known the snowball effect their one little post would make. But with that reasoning, I couldn’t have known that one time I lied to my mom about where I was going that Friday night would lead her to being HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS OF MY ACTUALLY TOTALLY INNOCUOUS ACTIVITIES. I WAS JUST BOWLING THAT NIGHT WHY THE HELL DID I LIE NOW SHE’S ALWAYS NERVOUS THAT I’M LYING AGAIN.
“When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.”
I’m not religious, but Julie Andrews said that in The Sound of Music and I do believe in musicals.
So I took a step back. This is good.
Even though I hate the person who cut out my signature, this is good. Thrillist liked my cartoon! Three thousand people, liked my cartoon! The same cartoon that has caused me to go viral on tumblr! Hilary, I can’t believe you’re complaining! Now The Berry picked up the cartoon! Things are happening!
“Try to calm down,” is what I normally hear from my mother. But this time around it was, “They should pay you.” I laughed. “This is the internet, mom.”
But maybe I can make it into an overpriced t-shirt?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARTOONS BY HILARY!
I can't believe it, but one year ago today I started Cartoons by Hilary and me oh my amd I so happy I did that. So much has happened in the past year (namely the BOOK DEAL) but also, I have found a voice in my art, and support in that voice from all of you. One year ago also marks the time I decided to leave my 9-5 job to pursue something I had to believe was possible. To live a life I wanted, move to New York, take risks, be ridiculous, and never think too much ahead. Along the way I've discovered Hungover Girl, Jimmy the Dog, Lady in Robe, Stay-at-Home Roommate and Social Sally, and I've also seen that there's no point in wasting your time, unless you want to waste your time on the couch watching Bob's Burgers then there's definitely a point in that.
So here's to another year of cartoons, of expressing myself, and of being grateful that you all allow me to do so. My grandfather said it's important to "always have something to look forward to," and right now, I got a whole lot of that.
Skipadeedoodaa!!! I am so so so happy to announce that Cartoons by Hilary will have a new weekly comic series on one of my favorite online publications, Real Pants! When they asked me to join their team I of course screamed “YEAH!” but then quickly agonized over what to title my series. I won’t tell you all of the absurd titles I tossed around with my mother/roommate/groupchat, but I will tell you where “Toast & Such” originated from. Yes, I love toast, that’s a given. I think I would replace every meal with toast if it was socially (physically) acceptable. But the phrase “toast & such” has stayed with me for many years, since the first time my cousins and I sat down at a little diner on the first hole of a shabby golf course on the Oregon coast. Perhaps it wasn’t really the first time we sat at this diner, since my family has been traveling to Gearhart every summer since the 60s (pre-Hilary, yes), but it is one of the earliest real memories I have from these trips. Not one of those fake memories I think I have only because I’ve been shown them on VHS tapes repeatedly. (See: Condo Olympics)
This diner is attached to the clubhouse of the Seaside Golf Course and you will be lucky to be waited on by one of two ladies. One whom I’ve only seen pass by and the other, a terse, tired, old Russian woman with dry red hair (I wonder if she uses conditioner?). She is rude and blunt and I love her. Our family being the type that only travels in herds, our arrival never ceases to give her a near heart attack. She throws the menus on the table with a “What the hell do you want attitude” and then you can delight in hearing phrases like “ we are out of fries because your kids ordered them all” or “We only have Pepsi.”
But where does toast come in to play? I will tell you. There is a little section on the menu titled “Toast & Such.” And that’s it. My cousins Jacque and Katie and I read this and truly believed it was the funniest thing we’d seen, at least that day. Tears streamed down our cheeks as we repeated it over and over, “toast and such!”
I ordered from the toast & such section that day and found they were out of wheat bread.
I am thrilled to announce that a project I started in June of 2015, BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO BUT YOU COULD'VE DONE BETTER, was acquired by Animal Media Group and will be published as a book Fall of 2016.
Animal is the company behind many great works of art such as Steve Hoover's critically acclaimed documentary Blood Brother, Michal Paul Smith's Elgin Park, and most recently ABC ordered a pilot production of their original web series Downward Dog! I am thrilled to partner with Animal on this book and know that it will be a great next step for Cartoons by Hilary.
Many of you have already submitted to this project (THANK YOU!) and can find your comics here. But for this book to really come together, I need more break up stories! So if you have a story, or your friend has a story, or your mother has a story (we all know she has one), please submit to be a part of this book!
It can be done in two easy steps!
YOU: Write and submit your break up story with all it's juicy details.
HILARY: Draws a cartoon of your story!
Let me turn your painful memory into beautiful art! As always, these stories will remain anonymous, but you will have the privilege to know your ex's horrifying words are in print, making the world laugh.
For complete submission details, please click here.