Escape from "special"

Fantagraphics, 2006 - 176 pages
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A moving debut graphic novel about the pain of childhood.Fantagraphics Books is proud to follow up our launch of rising star R. Kikuo Johnson (author of the acclaimed Night Fisher) by showcasing Miss Lasko-Gross in her graphic- novel debut. Escape from "Special" is the coming-of-age story of Melissa, who we first meet as a small child and depart from at the end of the book just before she enters high school. Willful, funny, and perceptive, Melissa unsentimentally questions religion, identity formation, and treacherous female "friendships" as she tours with her parent's band, battles with her therapist, and bounces from school to school. Subjected to the whims of her bemused parents and, as the years pass, rejected by her peers, the opinionated Melissa copes by watching horror movies, psychosomatically vomiting to get out of temple, and making comics.Escape from "Special" recalls a not-too- distant time when girls flaunted their knock-off Esprit and shared best-friends necklaces broken in half. The semi-autobiographical story unfolds in a series of brief anecdotes, expressionistically dredged as if from memory, without self-regarding exposition and uncorrupted by a nostalgic haze. Drawn in black and white and washed in moody blues and full spectrum grays, Lasko-Gross's art, with its detailed backgrounds and expressive, clean-line characters, exquisitely conveys the story's blend of humor (sometimes of the gross-out variety) and keenly observed insights. Miss Lasko-Gross, who has the sensibility of a love child of Linda Barry and David B. midwifed by Judy Blume, has created a graphic novel that should appeal not only to the growing readers of graphic novels, but to teens grappling with similar unresolved questions.

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Absolutely adored this graphic novel=now am in search of the sequel. Miss Lasko-Gross draws with such raw and intriguing illustrations. Highly recommended! Consulter l'avis complet

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I really liked both the art (which reminded me of a warmer, less grotesque Howard Cruse), and the story (which reminded me of a slightly more current but less playful Lynda Barry). But something ... Consulter l'avis complet

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À propos de l'auteur (2006)

Miss Lasko-Gross was born in Boston in 1977. She has a BFA in Communciation design from Pratt Institute. Her comics work has appeared in Aim Comics, Lefty, Nine Hours to Durham, House of Twelve, and True Porn. She has exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the CBGB Gallery. When she's not playing with the comics medium, she's playing with dogs. She lives in Manhattan.

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