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Hire This Woman: Cartoonist Lucy Knisley


In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Cartoonist Lucy Knisley attended both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Center for Cartoon Studies. She's written two graphic novels, French Milk and Relish, the latter of which was a New York Times bestseller. She's also worked for many comics publishers including Boom! and Marvel.

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Lucy Knisley on Her Upcoming Fantagraphics Travelogues ‘An Age of License’ and ‘Displacement’ [Interview]

Age of License Lucy Knisley

In mid-September of 2011, cartoonist Lucy Knisley and her friend Jane, who worked in the wine business in France, were at a tasting after-party when their host observed they both had unconventional careers. He put this down to the fact that they were in their "age of license," that time in your life when you're young and free enough to experiment.

Knisley took the phrase for the title of her next book, one of the two travelogues that Fantagraphics will be publishing. An Age of License, due this fall, chronicles a 2011 trip to attend a Norwegian comics convention, which Knisley uses to visit friends and family in Europe, and spend an extremely intense time with Henrik, a Swedish boy she had just met in New York. The second book, Displacement, is scheduled for summer of next year, and tells the story of a 2012 cruise with her elderly grandparents.

Both trips took place between the time she had completed Relish, her acclaimed, three-years-in-the-making memoir about food and growing up, but before First Second had published it in 2013,  which seemingly catapulted the young, not-yet-thirty artist into a whole new level of cartooning success than she had been able to achieve with her previous work, like the 2008 travelogue French Milk and her mini-comics and anthology contributions.

The two new travelogues obviously aren't due in comics shops any time soon, but that doesn't mean the announcement didn't get a lot of folks excited, us included. We took the opportunity to talk to Knisley about the books, how they compare to her previously published work and what we can look forward to from them.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – Superman 75th Anniversary Edition


We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by future stars, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly silly. All of it's awesome. In honor of this year's 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman and this weekend's release of Man of Steel, we present for the second time a compilation of some of the coolest portraits of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's brilliant creation that we've highlighted in this feature over the last few years. We know it's cheating but we didn't count on going away for a month and then coming back in the middle of a big media event. All-new next week evermore.

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Lucy Knisley’s ‘Relish’ Is A Satisfying Comics Meal


The front cover of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, the new memoir by Lucy Knisley of French Milk fame, bears a pretty killer blurb from Alison Bechdel, whose years of Dykes to Watch Out For and her breakout hit Fun Home have made her something akin to the grand dame of memoir comics: "Step aside, Joy of Cooking...

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‘PBS Off Book’ Examines ‘The Rise of Web Comics’ [Video]


Have you ever tried to explain what webcomics are to an acquaintance, co-worker or complete stranger and failed miserably? Well, the PBS Off Book webseries may have just saved you like half an hour of self-doubt with its concise "The Rise of Web Comics" short...

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Lumpy Space Prince Calls Out Cooties In ‘Adventure Time With Fionna & Cake’ #2 Backup [Preview]


If you expected Adventure Time's protagonist and noted last human on Ooo to adopt better bathing habits just by virtue of getting gender-swapped, you'd better think again. This week's Adventure Time With Fionna & Cake #2 backup by Lucy Knisley demonstrates that not only is Fionna's monster-slaying spirit the equal of her male counterpart Finn's - so too is her stench after failing to prioritize showering. It...

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Take A ‘Coffin Break’ In ‘Marceline And The Scream Queens’ #6 Backup [Preview]


It's always bittersweet when a beloved mini-series wraps up, and Boom! Studios' Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #6 is no exception. Fortunately for fans, the final issue in the mini only amps up the radness with a concluding tale by series writer and artist Meredith Gran and this issue's backup story by Rich Tommaso...

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Lucy Knisley’s Latest Travelogue Takes Us To Tanzania And Back Again


Over the last few years, Lucy Knisley has delighted the Internet with her thoughtful comic essays at Stop Paying Attention, her massive Harry Potter posters and all manner of web-carried whimsy...

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Boom! Announces ‘Adventure Time: Marceline And The Scream Queens’ Comic


Adventure Time fans, prepare for a double dose of monthly comics. Joining Boom! Studios' regular monthly AT comic in July is an all-new spinoff series, Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens...

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Lucy Knisley’s ‘Adventure Time’ Back-Up Features Marceline the Vampire Queen [Exclusive]


As much as I've enjoyed Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb's main story, one of the most fun parts of the Adventure Time comic from Boom! Studios has been the backup stories. For the second issue, Adventure Time has turned to the incredible Lucy Knisley, the creator of French Milk and Stop Paying Attention, for another Untold Tale of Finn and Jake...

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