Author: Jocelyn Sakal Froese

Colour in Thi Bui’s “The Best We Could Do”

The endpapers of Thi Buy’s The Best We Could Do are coloured in a wash of a sky blue hue, and depict a beach scene: shells of several sizes are scattered about, along with a pair of sandals. The effect of the opening endpapers, to which the reader turns from the cover image of a cable-stayed bridge that is possibly San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate is an overall affect of stillness and calm. Turn the page, and you’ll find that even on the “preface” page the tone of the text has been greatly altered: here, the page has been...

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Nicole Georges’ “Calling Dr. Laura,” Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home,” Graphic Memoir, and Something Strange About Time

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007) and Nicole Georges’ Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir (published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2013) share some important similarities: they’re both graphic memoir texts that feature family dramas, and they both use the comics form to do interesting things with time. The similarities don’t end there: Emily Temple, at Flavourwire, named Georges one of eight “Worthy Successors to Alison Bechdel” in 2013, and Alison Bechdel herself blurbed Georges’s book, stating that “there’s a powerful chemistry going on between [Georges’] delicate drawings and the probing honesty of her...

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