by Jennifer Hayden

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ISBN-13: 9781603091343
Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 37 MB
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About the Author

Jennifer Hayden came to comics from fiction writing and children’s book illustration. Her most recent book, The Story of My Tits (Top Shelf, 2015), is a 352-page graphic memoir and breast cancer narrative. Her previous book, the autobiographical collection Underwire (Top Shelf, 2011), was excerpted in The Best American Comics 2013 and named one of “the best comics by women” by DoubleX. She is a member of Activate (the premier webcomics collective in New York City), where she posts her webcomic S’crapbook, which earned a Notable listing in The Best American Comics 2012. Jennifer currently posts the daily diary strip Rushes at thegoddessrushes.blogspot.com. Her comics have appeared in print anthologies such as The Activate Primer, Cousin Corrine’s Reminder, and The Strumpet. 

After hours, Jennifer plays electric fiddle with The Rocky Hill Ramblers and The Spring Hill Band. She lives in Central New Jersey with her husband, their two college-age children, two cats, and the dog. 

You can read her blog at goddesscomix.blogspot.com.

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Underwire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing 7 months ago
UnderwireTop ShelfJennifer HaydenOne of my favorite types of comic is autobiographical slice of life comics, something along the lines of the ¿Devils Panties¿ comic strip (no it isn¿t porn) or something that mixes in a bit of fantasy with it like ¿Bob the Squirrel.¿ And that¿s what I love about Underwire, by Jennifer Hayden, who captures those moments in life that you can relate to regardless of your age and gender. This collection is moving, evocative, and poignant. And I¿m glad that Jennifer¿s taken the opportunity to invite us into her life in these stories.Jennifer shares with us stories about her daughter growing up and being able to recognize those moments when she¿s starting to mature, such as when she has a watercress sandwich that¿s a bit lacking in watercress. Or with reconnecting with old friends and scaring/welcoming the younger generation to connect with them and learn from them. Or sharing the memories and stories of her children, from battling adolescence to love to school Jennifer makes her life an open book.Jennifer is funny, witty, and sometimes curses like a sailor (well not that bad, but she writes like she talks I imagine.) She pulls no punches and she holds nothing back in the stories she shares. Every aspect of the comic is easy to relate to because Jennifer writes the stories like she¿s talking directly to us. I can imagine that we¿re sitting on the front porch with her sharing a beer or a glass of wine while she just talks to us. At times we¿re crying and at other times we¿re rolling in the floor laughing with each other. Reading her comics is like sitting down with your best friend and catching up with whats happened since you¿ve last seen them and never for a moment do you feel bored or lost.Her art is evocative, and while rough and unrefined in some ways, is unpretentious and easy to relate to. She captures the essentials of the story and doesn¿t bury the figures in extraneous detail. The lines are sure, steady, and captured in rock hard ink with no traces of hesitation (which trust me is not easy to do when you¿re drawing with pen and ink.) According to the introduction she doesn¿t even sketch them out in pencil first, just whips them out with pen and ink, which is not that common.Jennifer Hayden¿s comics rock. Pure and simple with no extra sauce added. And she¿s got another book coming out later this year (also from Top Shelf) called ¿The story of my tits.¿ I highly recommend this work and I look forward to reading future works from Jennifer.
RachelKramerBussel More than 1 year ago
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.