Today is a great day. Why? Is it because we're experiencing the first real hint of spring here in Montreal, at 5 degrees and sunny? No, it's because we finally received a box full of Hillary L. Chute's new book Graphic Women: Life Narrative & Contemporary Comics! Young, bright, and with a great head of hair, Hillary Chute is one of the leading scholars in the emerging field of Comics Studies. In Graphic Women, she takes on the autobiographical comics of women artists Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry, Marjane Satrapi, and Alison Bechdel. We've been anticipating this book for awhile now and it's doubtful to disappoint. Chute is both an acute observer and an accessible writer (two attributes that don't always meet when it comes to academics). I'd recommended this to anyone interested in twentieth and twenty-first century comics, women and gender studies, literary studies, and/or autobiography, to serious scholars and fangirls/boys alike.
(By the way, if you recognize that cover illustration by Rutu Modan, it's because we've got it hanging behind the cash here at 211.)