Her Pichers: The Life and Work of Gert Van Houten
by Drew Damron
Her Pichers details the life and work of Gert Van Houten. Van Houten started as an editorial cartoonist for the Grand Rapids Press in 1917, and may be the earliest female cartoonist working specifically for a local audience in America. From WWI to the suffrage movement to traffic jams on Grandville Ave., Gert had the pulse on every issue of her day - all told with a captivating style and surreal voice that was truly her own. Though her long and prolific career has been all but lost to history, Gert was truly one of the greats.