Daily Archives: March 11, 2011

The No. 1 Graphic Novel for Little Lambs

Ivy original hardcover graphic novel
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Sarah Oleksyk
Editor: Charlie Chu
Publisher: Oni Press
Price: $19.99 US

My local comics retailer brought this book to my attention, noting that he thought it was the sort of thing I’d enjoy, based on past purchases I’d made and discussions we’d had. The book design was certainly appealing, as was its pedigree — Oni Press releases are always of interest to me. When I got the book home and started to make me way through it, though, I thought at first maybe this wasn’t the book for me. With my 40th birthday not that far behind me, I suppose I’m officially middle aged, and I couldn’t imagine how I’d be able to relate to a teenaged, female protagonist with an attitude problem and a passion for art. I set the book aside after reading a few pages and only recently came back it. To my surprise and pleasure, I soon discovered that I could relate to the title character. I didn’t see my own teenage years reflected in her, though, but rather moments from my 20s and 30s, oddly enough. Judging from comments in the introduction, Sarah Oleksyk is an accomplished comics creator, but this served as my introduction to her work. It’s strong, honest and at times visceral. The glimpse she provides into one girl’s dysfunction and process of maturation isn’t at all predictable, which makes it all the more interesting.

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