While receiving the Spanish Nacionale Award for graphic novel in 2018, Ana Penyas remarked how it is less important that she is the first female winner of this esteemed award and much more important that it was won because of a story about women, elderly women. The graphic novel’s protagonists are two widows in their eighties: Maruja and Heminia, the author’s grandmothers. Those women spent most of their lives inside their homes, cooking, taking care of their families, cleaning… Now they are spending their days alone.
The jury of the Spanish National Award for graphic novel justified their decision by saying: “We Ladies Are Fine is a graphic novel that gives a voice to a generation of silenced women and brings innovation in graphic art and combines comic book poetics with elements from other artistic media.” This graphic novel, published in Spain in five editions, speaks out about those women who dedicated their lives to others and who were always perceived as somebody’s wives, mothers and grandmothers. This hommage to all these women in comic book form is a small contribution to finally making them protagonists and to stop seeing them as feeble grandmas and instead see them as brave women which had, and still do, their own wishes and dreams.