Loser City nominates Tomboy for instant classic status!
“The level of awkwardness and humiliation presented in Prince’s teen years gives Tomboy a sincerity and a sense of humor that are necessary to win the allegiance of readers who quite likely have similar views on gender identity as her teen self did, especially if they are the young readers the book is aimed at. While Tomboy may be targeted at a young adult audience, the structure of the memoir is designed to fracture long-held ideas about how we define gender, and it can do that to readers of any age. And that is why Tomboy should become a classic graphic memoir: it can be picked up, read in an afternoon, and actually change the way someone views themselves or the rest of the world. Not bad for Prince’s first full-length graphic novel; not bad at all.”
Continuing the story that began in issue 1, “I Swallowed the Key to My Heart #2” finds Liz forging new relationships while severely damaging the one(s) she already has. How will Liz tell Craig about Paul? I mean, he can’t get upset because they have an understanding… right? For “mature audiences only”, which is to say that I don’t want to get sued by your mom if you’re still in high school and aren’t allowed to read things with sexual content.
I Swallowed the Key to My Heart, issue 1, tells the story of Liz Prince’s New Year’s Eve 2006: how many times will she slip on the ice? will she make out with a guy she hardly knows? Will she be bested by a friend in the game of love? The answers to these age-old questions, and more, can be found within the pages of what will be the first of a series of comics about heartache and bad decisions.
True story from a day-in-the-life. Here’s a piece of advice. When you contact someone to do work for you, don’t put them in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether your money is worth having to deal with creepy subtext in your messages to them. >:I
my new favorite Tomboy panel: Discount at Warehouse 21! as if I could love Liz Prince more.
This is the 2nd time in 24 hours that I’ve been told this Discount page is a favorite in Tomboy. Interestingly, this page was one of the last pages to be added, because we needed to fix a page turn at the end. I’m glad it reads well in the story, and of course, once it was there, I couldn’t imagine the book without it.
I will be at the Alternative Press Expo on October 4th & 5th! It is at at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. I don’t have it on the tour list because it is a few weeks after all of the other events.