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We're proud to excerpt Tahneer Oksman's new book, “How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs, which looks at the works of seven women cartoonists. Here's a bit, beginning with Vanessa Davis.
Published in 2005, Spaniel Rage is a collection of what Davis describes, on one of its title pages, as “diary comics and drawings that I made in sketchbooks from 2003 to 2004.” Assembled in a thin, soft-cover book about 10 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide, the text can most accurately be categorized as a graphic diary or journal. In this chapter, like autobiography theorist Philippe Lejeune and others, I do not distinguish between the diary and the journal. Some critics make a debatable distinction by correlating journal writing with an intended public audience and content that is less so-called personal. This distinction sets up a hierarchical dynamic—with the diary often cited as a “feminine” and the journal as a “masculine” form—between two modes of writing that have, despite their differing histories and genealogies, become otherwise indistinguishable.
TCJ designer and illustrator Mike Reddy and TCJ writer Jay Ruttenberg have teamed up in the most delightful way: An illustrated guide to "Musicians You Should Know."
Slate has published Colson Whitehead's introduction to the New York Review's edition of Agony.
Broken Frontier on Patience.
Here's a very brief profile of the fascinating Dorothy Woolfolk, an early editor at DC Comics involved with, among other things, Wonder Woman.