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both spiritually and physically, and her interactions with the other people on the trip, from snickering over outdated concepts with Sydney to bringing up uncomfortable topics with adults, are nicely paced and expressive.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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