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As the Crow Flies
By (author): Melanie Gillman
9781945820069 Paperback, Trade English General Trade : Age (years) from 13 COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / LGBT Nov 24, 2017
$44.95 CAD
Active 6 x 7.5 x 0.53 in 250 pages Iron Circus Comics
Charlie Lamonte is thirteen years old, queer, black, and questioning what was once a firm belief in God. So naturally, she's spending a week of her summer vacation stuck at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. As the journey wears on and the rhetoric wears thin, she can't help but poke holes in the pious obliviousness of this storied sanctuary with little regard for people like herself . . . or her fellow camper, Sydney.

Melanie Gillman holds an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently lives in Denver, CO. This is their second all-colored-pencil graphic novel. Their first,Smbitten, is a lesbian romance about swing-dancing and vampirism.

Heartfelt, stimulating, and sure to spark discussion about feminism's often less than inclusive attitudes toward marginalized groups. For all graphic novel collections.

This book radiates love and melancholy in equal measure.

Gillman's lush, warm artwork, rendered entirely in colored pencil, brings the gorgeous scenery lovingly to life. The soft, luminous scenes of the mountains and nature emphasize the enormity of Charlie's undertaking, both spiritually and physically, and her interactions with the other people on the trip, from snickering over outdated concepts with Sydney to bringing up uncomfortable topics with adults, are nicely paced and expressive.

"As The Crow Flies" certainly isn't the only comic about summer camp, but it is one of the only ones that's honest about how much summer camp can suck, how much being a teenager usually sucks, and how much being from a group that's marginalized and forgotten only makes the teenager part suck more. It's a story that embraces the truth of how bad things can be without abandoning kindness, and that's something comics could use a lot more of.

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