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Saturday, 26 June 2010

Amelia Earhart


I love a good historical or biographical graphic novel. You get beautiful imagery, an engaging story, and in the end, you can no longer claim ignorance to certain historical subject matters. For example, your dinner guests will be wildly impressed as you casually describe a situation as 'kafkaesque' (thanks to Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz). Or your dog will curiously raise his eyebrow as you talk to him about those crazy mid-century beatniks (thanks to The Beats by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle).


Well, I introduce to you Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, a graphic novel that will give you both the context and grounds for what made Amelia Earhart so important.


With its light-blue palette, this book is amazingly beautiful to look at as it tells the narrative of Earhart through the eyes of a young girl reporter. This Broad Ocean shows why Earhart was such an important and enticing female role model for aspiring young overachievers.


Fun fact about Amelia Earhart: She worked as a nurse's aid during WW1, and went briefly to Columbia University taking premed. Imagine a Dr. Earhart instead...

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