Erika Raven was the first notable female comics artist in Flanders, though not the actual first. That honour should go to May Claerhout. Raven had a promising start in the 1980s and received quite some press attention back then. Notwithstanding her talent in both fields of making comics (story and drawings) she was never allowed to actually blossom. Frustrating experiences with publishers and lack of sufficient promotion quenched what could have been a succesful career.