Underwire

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Underwire collects the wise and witty autobiographical comics of an eloquent new voice on the comics scene: Jennifer Hayden, politically incorrect mother of two. These everyday observations about marriage, motherhood, and modern life are so perfectly captured, you''ll start to feel like a member of the family yourself!
Here''s the wisdom that comes with wearing an underwire - and you don''t have to own a bra to enjoy it! These stories are about the little things that give us the...
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Overview

Underwire collects the wise and witty autobiographical comics of an eloquent new voice on the comics scene: Jennifer Hayden, politically incorrect mother of two. These everyday observations about marriage, motherhood, and modern life are so perfectly captured, you''ll start to feel like a member of the family yourself!
Here''s the wisdom that comes with wearing an underwire - and you don''t have to own a bra to enjoy it! These stories are about the little things that give us the big picture. Jennifer Hayden started writing and drawing Underwire as a webcomic at ACT-I-VATE.com. Since then, it has gained critical attention as a fresh indie comic about womanhood, parenthood, and being-in-the-middle-of-life-hood. Here are twenty-two of the original stories, plus seventeen new pages of comix and art created exclusively for this collection.
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Dysfunction needn’t always be the attendant of memoir, as Hayden shows in this slim collection of vignettes about middle-aged womanhood, some originally published as an ACT-I-VATE web comic. Hayden has two well-adjusted adolescent children and a husband still smitten with her. She dances, shops, and has chummy conversations with her daughter, Charlotte, who surprises her mother with her insight and maturity; her son, Kip, has overcome ADHD and attends a prestigious boarding school (and so plays much less of a role in Hayden’s stories)—the vignette in which Hayden laments the departure of her “little boy” of 14 shows much about the emotions of motherhood. Hayden’s cheerful profanity and scratchy lines give the work a homey, intimate feel. And with Hayden’s references to her “ancient self” and reminiscences about pot-fueled fantasies, there’s more than a dash of hippy sensibility. (“Mom, seriously,” her daughter admonishes her on a shopping trip, “the seventies are OVER.”) Even a story about a recurring dream of having murdered someone and being investigated by her children speaks of their affectionate relationship. Hayden’s stories are like comfortable, lived-in jeans—not the most stylish or flattering, but the ones you want to spend time wearing. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603090766
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Family Drama With a Twist

    This charming collection of very personal stories by artist Jennifer Hayden serves up motherhood and family drama with a twist. Hayden, the married mother of a son and daughter, looks at domestic life in all its ups and downs. Often, she is rolling her eyes or huffing impatiently at her children, only to, at the next moment, turn sentimental. She makes each panel count, expertly combining her art and her words to create a masterpiece that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Her drawings capture goddesses and the basics of life in a way that's familiar, yet doesn't succumb to cliches about motherhood (meaning, there's plenty of cursing). This book is definitely one I will reread, and I look forward to more of Hayden's work.

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