Back of It Ain't Me, by Willy Mendes 1970

Willy Mendes started her career in underground comix when she joined Trina Robbins and Nancy Kalish on Gothic Blimp Works, a comic tabloid published by underground newspaper the East Village Other. Inspired, Robbins and Mendes worked together on the all-women comic book 'It Ain't Me, Babe', in 1970.

Oma, in It Ain't Me Babe, by Willy Mendes 1970

Mendes published 'Illuminations' in 1971, which included some of her psychedelic work. Eventually, Willy Mendes, changing her name to Barbara Mendes, moved away from comics to painting. She is still running her own gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

Streetlige in Meashearim, by Barbara Mendes 2000

Barbara Mendes art gallery

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