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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Tonight! Aisha Franz launches Earthling at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly!

Tonight at 7 p.m., Drawn & Quarterly and the Goethe-Institut Montreal are thrilled to welcome Berlin-based illustrator and cartoonist Aisha Franz for the launch of her D+Q book, Earthling! There will be a presentation, signing, and books for sale! Refreshments, too!


Earthling
details a few short days in the life of two sisters and their single mother. Set in a soulless suburb populated by block after block of identical row houses bordered by empty fields and an industrial no-man’s-land, Earthling explores the loneliness of everyday life as these women struggle to come to terms with what the world expects of them.
 
Earthling unveils a narrative rich with surrealist twists and turns, where the peas on the dinner plate and the ads on television can both literally and figuratively speak to the most private strife and deepest hopes in a person’s life. As the sisters begin to come to terms with their sexuality, they are confronted by harsh realities and a world that has few escape routes for young women. Drawn in deep gray pencil, the claustrophobia of Franz’s crosshatching and smudging matches the tone of the book perfectly. Earthling is an atmospheric and haunting account of the inevitability of losing the dream worlds of childhood.

Praise:
"This is a quiet book, but one with a lot to say...It warrants deep and repeated readings."
- Publishers Weekly review

Aisha Franz was born in F├╝rth, Germany and was named after an elephant from TV. She studied illustration at the School of Art and Design in Kassel and has worked as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist since graduating. Franz has published two graphic novels; her books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, and French. Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Belgium, and Italy, and she currently lives in Berlin, where she’s part of the comics collective The Treasure Fleet.




 




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