New book “Graphic Women” explores art and autobiography

We just came across Hilary Chute’s Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press), which explores autobio work by five artists, including one Graphic Details star and another revered artist who’s bringing Graphic Details to University of Michigan, where she now teaches.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb [whose work graces Graphic Details] is a pioneer of the autobiographical form, showing women’s everyday lives, especially through the lens of the body. Phoebe Gloeckner [now at U. Michigan/Ann Arbor] places teenage sexuality at the center of her work, while Lynda Barry uses collage and the empty spaces between frames to capture the process of memory. Marjane Satrapi‘s Persepolis experiments with visual witness to frame her personal and historical narrative, and Alison Bechdel‘s Fun Home meticulously incorporates family documents by hand to re-present the author’s past.”

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