A Child's Life and Other Stories

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Cartooning. Art. In this first collection, Phoebe Gloeckner offers an array of both hyper-real and wildly surreal cartoons and drawings mirroring conjunctions between anatomical landscapes and far emotional journeys. "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, ...
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Overview

Cartooning. Art. In this first collection, Phoebe Gloeckner offers an array of both hyper-real and wildly surreal cartoons and drawings mirroring conjunctions between anatomical landscapes and far emotional journeys. "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, creator of Zippy the Pinhead). "(Gloeckner is) one of the most widely admired perpetrators of the tradition ... (her work) expresses adolescent unease, steeply angled and densely stippled" (The New York Times).
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gloeckner is a legendary figure in underground comics. Her short, powerfully candid and visually explicit autobiographical graphic narratives vividly re-create the sexual victimization of her childhood and adolescence. Her first full-length book combines new work in color and in black-and-white, including the title story, along with older, shorter narrative comics dating back to 1976. (An appendix reprints her disturbing medical illustrations for J.G. Ballard's avant-SF classic The Atrocity Exhibition.) Abandoned by her father and sexually victimized by her alcoholic mother's lovers, the teenage heroine of "Minnie's 3rd Love" endures a "week-long nightmare of sex and drug-taking" among the hustlers and addicts of 1974 San Francisco. In the ruefully humorous "Quaker School Q-Ties," girls team up to embarrass, and disgust, boys in their grade school. Gloeckner's drawings combine a labored precision with a wild, often satirical expressiveness; her protagonists can resemble sad, angry toy dolls. Undergound comics master R. Crumb's introduction combines glowing praise and a typically embarrassing confession: "I, too, lusted after the young, budding artist-cartoonist." (Oct.)
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Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences, this text describes narratively and through b&w illustrations why, where, and how to utilize advanced strain and counterstrain technique, developed recently by Dr. Lawrence Jones (D.O.), for treatment of tissues and structures innervated by the autonomic nervous system. The physical therapist authors present some 100 techniques (some of which they developed) for health care providers treating cases of muscle spasm, tender points, and other disorders. While a M.D. extols the therapy in the foreword, references would have helped establish empirical credibility or at least a theoretical basis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"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."
—R. Crumb, cartoonist

"Phoebe Gloeckner's illustrations for The Atrocity Exhibition were superb—wonderful line and shading of which Durer would have approved—several were absolute tours de force."
—J.G. Ballard, author of Crash and The Atrocity Exhibition

"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, creator of Zippy the Pinhead

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883319717
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 7/23/1998
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.47 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Phoebe Gloeckner was born in Philadelphia and raised in San Francisco. Her comics first appeared in underground publications when she was in her teens. Gloeckner is also author/illustrator of the critically acclaimed Diary of a Teenage Girl, published by North Atlantic Books in 2003. In addition to paintings and comics, she has made award-winning short films.
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