Drawn & Quarterly
Life is like invading Russia. A blitz start, massed shakos, plumes dancing like a flustered henhouse; a period of svelte progress recorded in ebullient despatches as the enemy falls back; then the beginning of a long, morale-sapping trudge with rations getting shorter and the first snowflakes upon your face. The enemy burns Moscow and you yield to General January, whose very fingernails are icicles. Bitter retreat. Harrying Cossacks. Eventually you fall beneath a boy-gunner’s grapeshot while crossing some Polish river not even marked on your general’s map. (Julian Barnes, from Talking It Over)
It’s more olde-tymey fun!
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For it is the greatest truth of our age: information is not knowledge. (Caleb Carr, from Killing Time)
It’s a oddball comic, done as a wedding gift and now available to us, the reading public!
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Welcome to Part Four, and the final installment of this iteration of The Ladies Comics Project in which a handful of my family, friends, colleagues, and a few new friends (both those familiar with comics and not) read and reviewed something from my personal library of graphic novels and trades. For more details about this project and more ladies reviews and feedback, go here to read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. You can also read about the original Ladies Comics Project, here, here, and here.
So after about three months working on this project, here we are, the final installment – 682 emails, a handful of gchats, phone calls, interviews, texts, and a you tube video later – all to bring you: The Ladies Comics Project, Phase II: Part Four
Welcome to Part Three of The Ladies Comics Project Phase II in which a handful of my colleagues, family, and friends – both new and old – and both those familiar with comics and not – read and reviewed a graphic novel or trade from my own personal library. For more details about this project and more ladies reviews and feedback, go here to read Part One and Part Two. You can also read about the original Ladies Comics Project here, here, and here.
So a week later and with emails now totaling 670 plus a handful of gchats, texts, and phone calls later, here were are: The Ladies Comics Project, Phase II: Part Three
Welcome to Part Two of The Ladies Comics Project: Phase II in which a handful of my colleagues, family, and friends – both new and old – and women both familiar with comics and not – read and reviewed a graphic novel or trade from my personal library and told me what they thought about it. For more details about this project and more ladies reviews and feedback, go here to read Part One. You can also read about the original Ladies Comics Project here, here, and here.
A week later and with emails now totaling 654 plus a handful of gchats, texts, and phone later, here were are: The Ladies Comics Project, Phase II: Part Two…
What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation. (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)
Even after spending the last year plus writing She Has No Head!, a column about women and comics, I continue to have a real interest in and curiosity about women and comics, and specifically why women do and don’t read comics and what they do and don’t respond to as readers when they do read. With those thoughts and inspiration from both an old (hilarious) Laura Hudson piece and a more recent interesting Greg Burgas piece, the idea of The Ladies Comics Project was born. The premise is simple – pull together some great ladies from as many age groups and walks of life as I could reasonably manage, women both familiar and not with comics, and give them a comic book to read and have them report back.
The results, like in the first Ladies Comics Project, which you can read more about here, here, and here, are fascinating. Phase I challenged a lot of thoughts I had about women in comics, while confirming others. One of the biggest revelations was how interested ladies I knew were in reading a comic and participating in this project and that is one thing that has definitely held true for Phase II – in which 18 of the original 19 women immediately got on board for a second round along with a whole new group of ladies. In fact, I had so much interest (our ladies reading has gone from 19 to 32) that you’re going to get Ladies Comics Project Phase II in four parts, from today through the end of February. So come back every Monday to read more.
If I were a flunkie at DC, I’d propose publishing FIFTY Bat-titles a month … and nothing else! Come on, DC – you can’t lose! In the meantime, we’ll have to peruse this month’s Previews for other, non-Batman-and-thus-far-inferior titles!
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Modan, an Eisner award-winning illustrator and writer worked as an editor for the Hebrew edition of MAD Magazine after graduating from the Bezarel Academy of Art & Design. She founded Actus Tragicus Comics Group in 1995 with Yirmi Pinkus and was awarded the Young Artist Of The Year award in 1997 and the Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award in 1998 by the Israel Museum. In 2005 she was chosen as ‘Outstanding Artist’ by the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. All leading up to her 2008 Best New Graphic Novel Eisner award for her first graphic novel, Exit Wounds…which would be my first toe dip into her brilliance.
Exit Wounds, a touching but unsentimental tale of a female soldier (Numi) that seeks out her older boyfriend’s adult son (Koby) after her boyfriend goes missing and she fears that he’s been killed by a bomb in Hadera. As Koby and Numi work together toward unraveling the mystery of whether Koby’s father has in fact perished in the bombing, their own lives – both their strengths and weaknesses – are uncovered.