Oh, man, where to start.
Another of my heroes here. I hadn't realized how much many of the great Wonder creators have really influenced me through the years.
Trina is a big part of the reason why women creators even made the effort in an industry that was at best hostile to them and at worst downright dangerous. Like other great trailblazers like Neal Adams, she put her ethics above her own interests. She put the welfare and decent treatment of others above her own career.
I could talk about this tough, smart, talented lady forever. She has some eye-opening things to say, and while she and I might disagree on a few matters, my respect for her is immense.
I first fell in love with Trina's clean, lovely art from reprints of her black-and-white underground comics. At a time when many artists saw to draw the world in as ugly a manner as possible, Trina produces work that was classic and sleek and stylish, reminiscent of earlier eras of design.
This style made her a perfect match for the Wonder Woman mini-series that she did with Kurt Busiek, which, in my opinion, both evoked and improved on the classic WW Golden Age art in a manner that has never quite been equaled.
She's been there for female readers her entire career, as well. From creating Vampirella's outfit, to working on the excellent Barbie comics produced by Marvel, to the Lulu Award-winning GOGIRL with artist Anne TImmons, she has never failed to put her money where her mouth is, and it feels in some ways like the industry had to catch up to her, rather than the other way around.
Finally, I was asked by a prestigious New York publisher to write a book on the history of females in comics, and all I could do was respond, "Why? Trina Robbins already wrote all the good ones."
Check out her website and bibliography at trinarobbins.com