I've never reviewed a collection of comic strips before, and it's quite possible I never will again. But I feel it's my dutyhttp://tinyurl.com/kjjoqt
I've never reviewed a collection of comic strips before, and it's quite possible I never will again. But I feel it's my duty to proselytize this particular strip for two reasons: a) it reflects a lifestyle that too many people know next to nothing about and b) it is invigorating and eye-opening.
This comic is far from one-sided, and I believe that's one of its strengths. As a heterosexual myself with not as many gay friends as I might like, I'm sure I had one and only view of lesbian life before reading it. All assumed based on what I've read and what I've imagined. Well, thank you, Alison Bechdel if for nothing else than showing how extraordinarily multi-sided the lesbian culture is. Which should be absolutely no surprise to any right-thinking person but also proves how blindered we all live.
But there's more! Bechdel is trained as an academic, and she's also clearly a newshound, so on top of the culture you get a biting critique of our political world in the U.S. for the last twenty years. I dearly wish she had continued the comic if only to see what she would have written and drawn about Obama's election (her strip went on sabbatical in May last year).
I almost wish someone would make a film based on the strip. Although I'm having a tough time casting it in my head (who plays Mo? Sandra Bullock or Samantha Morton?), the characterizations are so rich and realized, it should be a snap for a screenwriter to put together a script. Why not give Bechdel a shot at it first, actually?...more
As I've said before, I don't often review the graphic novels or comic strips that I read. This one, however, was for book clhttp://tinyurl.com/y9pxrk3
As I've said before, I don't often review the graphic novels or comic strips that I read. This one, however, was for book club, so I feel a bit obliged.
Having a bit of knowledge on the history of manga graphic novels, or at the least a vague understanding of where they started and how they've spread, this particular selection was, um, different. I know there are all types: samurai-based, tween love, erotic, heck there's even one based on the life of Buddha (and it's fantastic). I know Japan is the motherland, but that the style has branched into other Asian countries and definitely to our country.
What you expect in the first few pages-- another tween love tale, but told traditionally-- becomes surprisingly explicit. The drawings themselves are not, but the dialogue frankly discusses the sexual awareness of a young Korean girl living with her mother in a tiny town long ago. This part feels very real. This also, however, showcases a connection between mother and daughter that does not feel real.
The agenda of the book is the future of this girl: slated for marriage, hopefully to a nice man, bound to live with her in-laws for the rest of her life. Honestly? I can't relate. And the falling-head-over-heels-for-any-guy-who-looks-at-her, which might feel right for a young girl, doesn't sit right in conjunction with the mother who blatantly encourages this behavior. Wouldn't a considered opinion work better for everyone? Even in that day and age, I would have thought this would be of considerable importance.
The art itself is stellar, especially the sweeping countryside panels. Unfortunately, the story stuck in my throat....more
Yes, this is a bit ridiculous, posting this review but I'd like to say the following: having proofed all his prior self-publhttp://tinyurl.com/7cjzqcz
Yes, this is a bit ridiculous, posting this review but I'd like to say the following: having proofed all his prior self-published work (because where else do you get cheap labor than at home?), I can say this is far and away his best work. Because it had a professional editor (and proofer)? I will say no more. ...more