This collection features all of Girlhero creator Megan Kelso's non-Bottlecap stories from that title as well as stories from Action Girl and Dark Horse Presents. Megan scrutinizes bicycle messengers, venereal diseases, infidelity, unwanted pregnancies, temporary work assignments,family reunions, and classroom daydreams in a subtle and unexpected manner. Two brand new stories also round out this collection of thought-provoking writing and simple-yet-beautiful cartooning from one of comicdom's brightest female stars.
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Megan Kelso lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and daughter. Her books include Queen of the Black Black, The Squirrel Mother, and Artichoke Tales.Review:
“Anyone looking for a masterful example of the short story in comics would do well to give this a try. Beautifully written and well illustrated, this a wonderful portfolio of work from a creator showing a deep well of promise from the start.” (Grovel )
“Megan Kelso’s [comics] are smart, smart, smart. [Her artwork] is stately and deliberate, but also conveys a sense of urgency.” (Ms. Magazine )
“Rather than a narrative arc, with ascensions and declines, Artichoke Tales feels like a series of expansions. The characters and their world grow to envelop the reader in a singular, charming way.” (Paul Constant - The Stranger )
“...[Megan Kelso] repeatedly turns up little rocks of human experience and chronicles what’s going on underneath, reintroducing us to feelings, sensations, and experiences we’d forgotten we’d had but recognize as if they happened this morning.” (Sean T. Collins - The Comics Journal )
“Kelso’s work radiates a warmth, poetry, sympathy, and simultaneously earthy and otherworldly essence that few comics creators have brought to the table with such quiet confidence and grace. The closest comic in recent memory to match Artichoke Tales, both in breadth and depth, is Jeff Smith’s Bone. [Grade] A.” (The Onion A.V. Club )
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Book Description Highwater Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. illustrated edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0966536304
Book Description Highwater Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0966536304