Rebecca's Reviews > Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
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Jan 03, 12

bookshelves: graphic-novels, kid-graphic-novels, biography
Read in January, 2012

Quick review before the library closes!! Fascinating true story in graphic novel form -- Lily Renee Wilheim escaped Austria during Nazi reign via Kindertransport to England (something I recently learned about from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society) and lived on her own before reuniting with her parents in America and eventually making a living as one of the first female comic book artists! Though the art here is occasionally stilted and the fragmented story might have been better relayed from first person, the three women behind this book bring attention to a little-known story, including lots of historical notes and photos (I loved reading more about Queen Wilhemina, and automats).
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