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Even with 960 pages, I couldn't squeeze all the material I had into my book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. This mini-site is designed to supplement that book with updates, additional information and links... but obviously you'll still need a copy of the book!

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A Child’s Life & Other Stories

by Phoebe Gloeckner

Original publisher: Frog Books (USA)
First published: 1998
Reviewed by: Frank Plowright
Genre: Autobiographical

Synopsis:

Phoebe Gloeckner’s first book collects her highly praised autobiographical accounts of a teenage girl’s loss of innocence through sex, drugs, rape, and AIDS. Long respected as one of the finest and most original of today’s underground comics artists, Gloeckner shows both technical artistry and tremendous range - from her sly, lurid, and brilliantly colored posters for rock groups to her textbook-quality medical illustrations; from her sharp naturalistic juxtapositions for The Atrocity Exhibition (J.G. Ballard) to the signature comics for which she is best known.

Recommendations:

I thought that Phoebe Gloeckner’s story, Minnie’s Third Love, was one of the best comic stories I ever read in my life… a masterpiece. She is one of the best, which is interesting, seeing as: a) She’s a cute girl, b) She’s not a very prolific artist… two factors which, one would assume, would be a hindrance to great art. But it’s always a mystery, what makes great art… there, I said it… she’s a great artist. - Robert Crumb

Many cartoonists today mine their personal lives for subject matter. Phoebe Gloeckner achieves what few of them can; she makes the autobiographical universal. Her finely crafted drawings and emotionally powerful story-telling ability combine in this terrific collection to tell us painful, sympathetic, and hilariously human truths. Read this book. Find out why comics are art. - Bill Griffith

 

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