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The Week of April 14-20, 2013 (and then some)

This has been a trying week for me personally, as a Bostonian and otherwise. Thankfully, none of my friends or family have been injured or killed, and the greatest tangible impact the week’s events have had on me personally is the postponement of Boston Comic Con. I will miss the energy and community of that event that I feel we could all use right now, but it is a small price to pay for the public’s safety and the first steps towards achieving justice for the losses and chaos we have gone through. (ETA: Fun Fact: it is sheer coincidence I posted this a mere 5 minutes after he was captured. Didn’t even realize he had been until I scrolled through my dash some.)

But life goes on and comics do too! I’ve missed this feature for more weeks than I’ve actually done it, but I’m going to keep intending to do it and hopefully do it more.

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You may want to save this link for later because they’re having malware issues right now, but Comics Should Be Good at Comic Book Resources has revealed the audience-chosen Greatest Gail Simone Stories Ever Told! Basically all of Secret Six is there, but so are a few arcs of Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Welcome to Tranquility, and her still-uncollected Deadpool run (the Deadpool Classic series is about to catch up to it soon, though.) It’s a fun walk down memory lane and makes me want to reread all of them!

image Alison Bechdel's blockbuster memoir Fun Home has been adapted into a musical, which will debut in October at the Public Theater in New York City:

FUN HOME 
Music by Jeanine Tesori 
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron 
Based on the Alison Bechdel book 
Directed by Sam Gold 
October 1 - November 3, 2013 

From four-time Tony Award-nominated composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change) and Tony-nominee Lisa Kron (In The Wake,Well) comes a fresh, daring new musical based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Directed by Sam Gold, FUN HOME is a groundbreaking, world-premiere musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

The musical was developed at the prestigious Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab last year.

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Posy Simmonds has reacted to last week’s passing of ex-UK Prime Minister Margaret “Iron Lady” Thatcher with a picture-book style fairytale called "King Ironsides" available over at The Guardian. It’s extremely amusing, even to an American who only really knows Thatcher’s legacy from Meryl Streep’s The Iron Lady and whatever I picked up from the complaints of my LSE poli-sci student friends when I lived in London.

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The Paris Review visited Miriam Katin’s studio, where I learned for the first time that she was an animator on one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Daria. She also had this great anecdote about being the oldest person to work at MTV:

I get a phone call, and she says to me, this girl, “This is human resources. You’ve made a mistake on your birthdate.” And I say, “Oh, well, I always make mistakes. What did I do?” And she says, “Well, you wrote you were born in 1942.” I say, “Yes?” So she says, “I’m sure you meant 1982.” “No.” “1972?” “No.” Now she’s getting spooked. I mean, everyone around there is an infant. I say, “Look, let me make it easier for you, I was born in 1942, and I am still alive and working.” She was totally freaked out. It was a such a great story, MTV used it in training sessions.

Bonus Art Thing:

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You’ve probably seen Hanie Mohd's art nouveau superheroine ballgown pin-ups before. Now you can buy prints and tee-shirts from WeLoveFine.com!

Other Things I Do!

It’s a new season of Mad Men, which means it’s a new season of the Mad World Podcast! With Between the Panels and Geeks of Doom’s William Goodman and #Television editor Tahlia Hein, we discuss the latest episodes and you can listen to it! The usual podcast exhortions apply: Subscribe! Review!

Also, I finally caved and started a personalish Tumblr where I currently post sporadically about other pop culture things, but which will likely soon devolve (or evolve, depending on your perspective) into reblogs of cat gifs.

Market Monday: Release Date April 3, 2013

Featured Book of the Week

Letting It Go HC by Miriam Katin

The world of Holocaust survivor and mother is turned upside down by the news that her adult son is moving to Berlin, a city Katin has villainized for the past forty years. As she struggles to accept her son’s decision, she visits the city twice, first to see her son and then to attend a Museum gala featuring her own artwork. What she witnesses firsthand is a city coming to terms with its traumatic past, much as Katin herself is. Letting It Go is a deft and careful balance: wry, self-deprecating anecdotes counterpoint a serious account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.

Katin’s follow-up to We Are On Our Own

Firsts of the Week

Princeless vol. 2 #1, art by Emily Martin

Adrienne is back! The princess who ran away is back along with her new friend, Bedelia the girl blacksmith and her loyal guardian dragon Sparky. Now that Adrienne has escaped, she has her eyes set on freeing her sisters. First up is the most beautiful girl in all the kingdom, Angelica. However, things will not be easy for our heroines as the King believes Adrienne is dead and has put a bounty on her killer: Adrienne.

The Last of Us: American Dreams #1, co-written and art by Faith Erin Hicks

The comics-exclusive prequel to the new game from Naughty Dog! Creative director Neil Druckmann teams with breakout comics star Faith Erin Hicks to present the story of thirteen-year-old Ellie’s life in a violent, postpandemic world. A newcomer at a military boarding school, Ellie is reluctant to toe the line, which earns her new enemies-and her first glimpse of the world outside.

More of this week’s releases under the cut!

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Never Again

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and comics have a long and storied history involving World War II, the Holocaust, and Jewish identity. While Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Michael Chabon’s prose novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay are perhaps the most celebrated explorations of this theme, women’s Holocaust narratives have found their way into comics as well. Here is a selection:

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We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin. Katin’s memoir recounts her and her mother’s escape from the Nazi invasion of Budapest, faking their deaths and leaving behind everything and everyone they ever knew. She recounts and reflects on the lifelong struggles with faith caused by her experiences with some of the worst of humanity’s actions. She created this memoir, her first comics work, at the age of 63. Her follow-up, Letting It Go, is due out in March.

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I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein. Eisenstein is the child of two Polish Jews who settled in Canada after surviving Auschwitz. In her memoir she explores the burden and the strange cachet of being a child of survivors and delves into her own morbid curiosity about her family’s past.

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The Resistance trilogy written by Carla Jablonski, is a YA series about three French siblings who join the Resistance when they take their Jewish friend into hiding after his parents disappear.

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Lily Renée: Escape Artist by Trina Robbins and Anne Timmons. This biography for young readers tells the story of the celebrated Golden Age comics artist from a wealthy Viennese family who were torn apart after the Anschluss before reuniting in New York City with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and how she transmuted her drawing skills into a successful career in comics.

Unfortunately, I am not aware of any comics, by women or men, that deal with the persecution of queer people, Roma/Sinti people, or the disabled. However, I highly recommend the documentary Paragraph 175 about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals.

In addition, I would suggest checking out the Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women traveling exhibit and see if it’s coming near you!


Over the weekend, Mimi Pond (right) sent this great photo of her and Miriam Katin (left) drinking wine by a drawing table in NYC, where Mimi has been hard at work on Over Easy, her graphic novel for D&Q, and Miriam has been finishing up Letting It Go, her 2013 D&Q graphic novel. Are we in a glorious age for graphic novels, or what? It is a cause to celebrate. Cheers! (via Drawn and Quarterly: To The Good Life)

I’d like to think cartoonists are always sharing wine over their drawing boards.  DON’T RUIN THIS ILLUSION FOR ME.

Over the weekend, Mimi Pond (right) sent this great photo of her and Miriam Katin (left) drinking wine by a drawing table in NYC, where Mimi has been hard at work on Over Easy, her graphic novel for D&Q, and Miriam has been finishing up Letting It Go, her 2013 D&Q graphic novel. Are we in a glorious age for graphic novels, or what? It is a cause to celebrate. Cheers! (via Drawn and Quarterly: To The Good Life)

I’d like to think cartoonists are always sharing wine over their drawing boards.  DON’T RUIN THIS ILLUSION FOR ME.

#WomensHistoryMonth Book Recs
We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin

In this captivating and elegantly illustrated graphic memoir, Miriam Katin retells the story of her and her mother’s escape on foot from the Nazi invasion of Budapest. With her father off fighting for the Hungarian army and the German troops quickly approaching, Katin and her mother are forced to flee to the countryside after faking their deaths. Leaving behind all of their belongings and loved ones, and unable to tell anyone of their whereabouts, they disguise themselves as a Russian servant and illegitimate child, while literally staying a few steps ahead of the German soldiers.
We Are on Our Own is a woman’s attempt to rebuild her earliest childhood trauma in order to come to an understanding of her lifelong questioning of faith. Katin’s faith is shaken as she wonders how God could create and tolerate such a wretched world, a world of fear and hiding, bargaining and theft, betrayal and abuse. The complex and horrific experiences on the run are difficult for a child to understand, and as a child, Katin saw them with the simple longing, sadness, and curiosity she felt when her dog ran away or a stranger made her mother cry. Katin’s ensuing lifelong struggle with faith is depicted throughout the book in beautiful full-color sequences.
We Are on Our Own is the first full-length graphic novel by Katin, at the age of sixty-three.

#WomensHistoryMonth Book Recs

We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin

In this captivating and elegantly illustrated graphic memoir, Miriam Katin retells the story of her and her mother’s escape on foot from the Nazi invasion of Budapest. With her father off fighting for the Hungarian army and the German troops quickly approaching, Katin and her mother are forced to flee to the countryside after faking their deaths. Leaving behind all of their belongings and loved ones, and unable to tell anyone of their whereabouts, they disguise themselves as a Russian servant and illegitimate child, while literally staying a few steps ahead of the German soldiers.

We Are on Our Own is a woman’s attempt to rebuild her earliest childhood trauma in order to come to an understanding of her lifelong questioning of faith. Katin’s faith is shaken as she wonders how God could create and tolerate such a wretched world, a world of fear and hiding, bargaining and theft, betrayal and abuse. The complex and horrific experiences on the run are difficult for a child to understand, and as a child, Katin saw them with the simple longing, sadness, and curiosity she felt when her dog ran away or a stranger made her mother cry. Katin’s ensuing lifelong struggle with faith is depicted throughout the book in beautiful full-color sequences.

We Are on Our Own is the first full-length graphic novel by Katin, at the age of sixty-three.

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