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Narcissa: Graphic Novel

Narcissa: Graphic Novel

by Lance Tooks
     
 
From an artist whose work has appeared in more than 100 television commercials, films, and music videos, NARCISSA is Lance Tooks' beautifully drawn, compelling story of one woman's journey to self-discovery.

Narcissa, a talented and self-centered independent filmmaker, is collapsing under the strain of her critics--the "enlightened" people who are

Overview

From an artist whose work has appeared in more than 100 television commercials, films, and music videos, NARCISSA is Lance Tooks' beautifully drawn, compelling story of one woman's journey to self-discovery.

Narcissa, a talented and self-centered independent filmmaker, is collapsing under the strain of her critics--the "enlightened" people who are trying to get her to compromise her integrity. The stress is killing her--literally. Warned that if she tries to complete her current project she'll be dead in a week, Narcissa decides to escape the chaos that surrounds her--and fears the fears that threaten to overwhelm her--by traveling to Spain. As she encounters new people, places, and experiences, Narcissa gradually comes to a deeper understanding of who she is and what she is doing with her life.

Depicting Narcissa's journey with compassion and wit, Lance Tooks has created an episodic, thoroughly engrossing, exisential tale that will long resonate with readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Narcissa, Tooks's protagonist in this inventive graphic novel, is a talented young black filmmaker. She's part of the "hipoisie," the free-floating scene of artists and intellectuals congregating in the new Afro-bohemia of Brooklyn's Ft. Greene neighborhood. Impressed with one of her shorts, an indie film company signs her to write and direct a feature. But it's a Faustian pact, complete with a devilish white producer who specializes in making "black" films that don't use black production people. He also fills his movies with as many ghetto-hipster, pimp, ho and gangster rap black clich s as it takes to get the ethnic point across-not exactly Narcissa's vision of her film. As if that weren't bad enough, she's been diagnosed with a serious illness and may be dying. In a moment of psychic liberation, she buys a ticket to Spain, leaving it all behind. Spain's beauty and history, an interaction with an elderly woman she meets and a powerful romantic interlude show Narcissa life's possibilities with a new, stark clarity. The book has its problems-the rants on black stereotypes seem pass ; Narcissa's reveries on love can lurch into sappiness; and her Spanish hunk is a bit too perfect. But Tooks has written an affecting book that skewers the movie business while offering a black heroine driven by both work and the possibilities of love. Tooks's page layouts are inventive and his b&w drawings are stylish and expressive of underlying character as well as appearance. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385503426
Publisher:
Doubleday Publishing
Publication date:
09/17/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

LANCE TOOKS lives in New York and Madrid. He merely exists everywhere else.

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