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It has been difficult to decide how I should rate this I don t like the style of the art and that has been holding me back from giving this 5 stars However, I ve come to realise how trivial that is Although Gloeckner s style isn t my thing, this collection is masterfully constructed and the in your face art is part of the reason why it s so powerful Narratives like this are extremely important This is immediately illustrated by the gross introduction where R Crumb makes light of the fact t It has been difficult to decide how I should rate this I don t like the style of the art and that has been holding me back from giving this 5 stars However, I ve come to realise how trivial that is Although Gloeckner s style isn t my thing, this collection is masterfully constructed and the in your face art is part of the reason why it s so powerful Narratives like this are extremely important This is immediately illustrated by the gross introduction where R Crumb makes light of the fact that he too was attracted to underage Gloeckner and that he couldn t have helped himself had she come to live with him, and that he was surprised that Gloeckner was so unaware of her sex appeal This he felt was the appropriate way to introduce a detailed account of the sexual abuse Gloeckner went through as a child.To make matters worse, in the blurb Crumb says She is one of the best, which is interesting, seeing as A She s a cute girl, B She s not a very profilic artist two factors which, one would assume, would be a hindrance to great art Yes, because how attractive some creep finds you indicates how good an artist you are likely to be Ugh Fuck R Crumb I m not sure how Phoebe Gloeckner is still around with us, and I m not sure how she s survived as much pain and manipulation as she has without breaking I m sure this work is part of what kept her going.A Child s Life is not just an incredible graphic novel, it s a marvelous demonstration of the ability of comics to allow artists a freedom of expression denied to other mediums The writing and images of these stories of sexual, emotional, and spiritual abuse by friends, family, and complete str I m not sure how Phoebe Gloeckner is still around with us, and I m not sure how she s survived as much pain and manipulation as she has without breaking I m sure this work is part of what kept her going.A Child s Life is not just an incredible graphic novel, it s a marvelous demonstration of the ability of comics to allow artists a freedom of expression denied to other mediums The writing and images of these stories of sexual, emotional, and spiritual abuse by friends, family, and complete strangers work together to create a reading experience that is difficult I had to stop several times while reading about Gloeckner s sexual abuse from her step father, about being date raped, about being essentially sold by a friend in exchange for speed These stories are rough, and Gloeckner s honesty is powerful in these pages The reader is unlikely to finish this book with a feeling of happiness or satisfaction, but they are sure to remember this experience because of the sheer aesthetic weight of what is being created.This collection is worth the reader s time however, because it allows an insight into the life of survivors Gloeckner s life is one similar to many other victims of familial incest and sexual assault, and while there are some that have criticized her for portraying her childhood self in these graphic sexual moments, her willingness to show what abuse actually should check these arguments Abuse is real, and reader do no good to survivors if they reject the images and suggest the victim keep quiet A Child s Life is another chance to see what comics can do, and how it can communicate feelings and ideas in a way that pure writing and pure imagery can t.Gloeckner uses images of her abuse, and her writing about the events in question to remind the reader that she survived, but not everyone else is so lucky This book matters terribly to anyone and everyone concerned about the sexual health of our society, and the need to protect children from abuse, no matter in what form it manifests phoebe gloeckner is an amazing artist illustrator, and a good storyteller, but the subject matter is definitely hard i read this book on a day when i already had a bunch of shit up, i can t say it was exactly cathartic these are not healing from stories, they relike reliving that sense of powerlessness and confusingness of adults particularly creepy men s mind games and power trips on kids the worst thing about this book is the introduction by robert crumb, who knew phoebe as kid and phoebe gloeckner is an amazing artist illustrator, and a good storyteller, but the subject matter is definitely hard i read this book on a day when i already had a bunch of shit up, i can t say it was exactly cathartic these are not healing from stories, they relike reliving that sense of powerlessness and confusingness of adults particularly creepy men s mind games and power trips on kids the worst thing about this book is the introduction by robert crumb, who knew phoebe as kid and confesses that he would have molested her too if he had a chance i really don t understand why that was included in this book Whoa I think this is the most disturbing thing I ve ever read, and it s hard to imagine really recommending it to anybody, even though it s brilliant It s just brutal Abuse, sexuality in a place determined by age, class, and gender where consent is a total grey area e.g not really available , just kind of going along with the drugs everybody s doing it s intense Like beats the shit out of Chuck Palahniuk or Dennis Cooper without even trying intense She s also a phenomenal visual artis Whoa I think this is the most disturbing thing I ve ever read, and it s hard to imagine really recommending it to anybody, even though it s brilliant It s just brutal Abuse, sexuality in a place determined by age, class, and gender where consent is a total grey area e.g not really available , just kind of going along with the drugs everybody s doing it s intense Like beats the shit out of Chuck Palahniuk or Dennis Cooper without even trying intense She s also a phenomenal visual artist and gifted at pacing plotting in that way where it seems like she s just kind of fucking off and saying stuff, until you realize how strong the impact of what s happening is and realize it couldn t possibly be unintentional Yeah, whoa [ FREE DOWNLOAD ] ♗ A Child's Life: Other Stories ♟ Phoebe Gloeckner s first book collects her highly praised autobiographical accounts of a teenage girl s loss of innocence through sex, drugs, rape, and AIDS This edition includes eight pages of new materialLong respected as one of the finest and most original of today s underground comics artists, Gloeckner shows both technical artistry and tremendous range from her sly, lurid, and brilliantly colored posters for rock groups to her textbook quality medical illustrations from her sharp naturalistic juxtapositions for The Atrocity Exhibition JG Ballard to the signature comics for which she is best knownPages include both black and white and color comics, some that were published before in obscure comic books, and some of her classics in addition to new stories In detailed, nuanced panels, these strips depict the isolation, horror, and disappointment but also the revolutionary, transformative power of young women trapped in circumstances ringed with drugs and sexual abuse Gloeckner continues as a major literary and visual artist An absolutely heart breaking piece of art This autobiographically inspired collection of graphics tells of girls struggles with sex, drugs, and abuse The stories disturbed me to the core and the drawings were phenomenal Worth the time to read the words and pictures but definitely for mature readers. This is probably the most fucked up book I ll have ever read in my life This is also probably the most evocative and personally affective art piece I ll ever seen, read, held or otherwise observed in my life This collection of work is nothing short of a masterpiece At 150 primarily illustrated pages, you could get through this book in one sitting, but the emotional impact of what you re consuming, rendered beautifully in graphic detail, blooms as if it s a bruise and I found it best to let th This is probably the most fucked up book I ll have ever read in my life This is also probably the most evocative and personally affective art piece I ll ever seen, read, held or otherwise observed in my life This collection of work is nothing short of a masterpiece At 150 primarily illustrated pages, you could get through this book in one sitting, but the emotional impact of what you re consuming, rendered beautifully in graphic detail, blooms as if it s a bruise and I found it best to let the comics unfurl slowly over a couple days It is most certainly the artwork that packs the greatest punch The storytelling is either nonchalant or painfully vulnerable as it broaches even the utmost taboo but the artwork is bold and confrontational, sometimes downright aggressive, when depicting the savagery so casually explored in the text I read the Diary of a Teenage Girl first and thought this book, it s predecessor, would be less likely to shock me, after all, I already know the score right Wrong This collection givesbackstory,context and it exploresdeeply the depravity of the maternal abuse suffered The Diary is written primarily in the format of a novel, using illustrationsparingly to introduce a concept that is better felt than explained, or otherwise just to move along a 300 page plot In this collection of comics, so muchis laid bare and then further distilled into 150 pages of the most emotionally raw artwork I ve seen The cover art makes this book appear absolutely disarming, I actually had a coworker ask me if I was reading a book of fairy tales This edition in particular has the dimensions and feel of a child s coloring book I also adore the Philadelphia skyline peaking out in the background of the cover, something few are likely to notice Collection of Phoebe s earlier works, many of which appeared in comic anthologiesthe bulk of these stories revolve around Minnie as a child ad in Nightmare On Polk Street, a teenager Phoebe creates a sense of abuse as an all encompassing atmosphere Minnie s stepfather Pascal is never shown laying a hand on her though he physically forces her sister to drink wine in one story , but is a pompous pseudo intellectual master at what is sometimes called grooming With Pascal around, even mu Collection of Phoebe s earlier works, many of which appeared in comic anthologiesthe bulk of these stories revolve around Minnie as a child ad in Nightmare On Polk Street, a teenager Phoebe creates a sense of abuse as an all encompassing atmosphere Minnie s stepfather Pascal is never shown laying a hand on her though he physically forces her sister to drink wine in one story , but is a pompous pseudo intellectual master at what is sometimes called grooming With Pascal around, even mundane family events such as a trip to the grocery store or a little girl playfully dancing with her mother become imbued with inappropriate sexuality and conversation By the time of the aforementioned Nightmare On Polk Street , this psychological landscape shows it s garden in the form of 15 year old Minnie s vacillation between an affair with her mother s new boyfriend not Pascal, but a very similarly drawn character and other sexual exploits out on the streets of San Francisco, not always consensual, not always conscious, sometimes freely offered, sometimes with an element of the trick, as much in search of a high as a partner Perhaps evenso In early years it can be hard to sort out exactly how much of what we do is determined by how we re indoctrinated by the adults around us, especially at ages where we have little else to compare their lessons against, and this book gives an insightful profile of how these things can occur without moralizing or lecturing about it A Child s Life and Other Stories is all over the map, including comics representing a span of twenty years and a short portfolio of non comic work This isn t a problem per se, but I found the lack of clear organization frustrating I wish it had been easier to see when the stories had been written , and a lot of distinct pieces ended up melding together in a way that I don t feel did them any service At her best, Gloeckner is brilliant and her artistic talent is astounding She is brutally hon A Child s Life and Other Stories is all over the map, including comics representing a span of twenty years and a short portfolio of non comic work This isn t a problem per se, but I found the lack of clear organization frustrating I wish it had been easier to see when the stories had been written , and a lot of distinct pieces ended up melding together in a way that I don t feel did them any service At her best, Gloeckner is brilliant and her artistic talent is astounding She is brutally honest about very difficult subject matters drugs and sex abuse, among other things , and doesn t shy away from the disturbing, nor does she feel a need to keep her protagonists sympathetic at all times Sure, that makes it all less palatable, but these stories shouldn t be palatable.While I found individual stories breathtaking and heartbreaking I m thinking particularly of the title story , I wasn t fond of the overall collection For something so short, it lacked cohesion, and included a lot of chaff Nevertheless, it s put Gloeckner on my radar in a major way I can t leave this without adding how disturbing I found R Crumb s introduction His sexualization of a woman who writes semi autobiographical work about being sexualized was gross, and the use of her book as a platform for personal confession self indulgent This book is not for the faint of heart It has graphic depictions of rape, drug abuse, and child abuse I kept thinking about how difficult it must have been for her to draw this, and at the same time, how therapeutic Like other books I like, the author s ability to be vulnerable, show raw emotion, no holds barred, drew me in and kept my heart hurting for her all the way through It s a beautiful and sad book to read, but it s strength lies in the honesty and brutality of the author and her yo This book is not for the faint of heart It has graphic depictions of rape, drug abuse, and child abuse I kept thinking about how difficult it must have been for her to draw this, and at the same time, how therapeutic Like other books I like, the author s ability to be vulnerable, show raw emotion, no holds barred, drew me in and kept my heart hurting for her all the way through It s a beautiful and sad book to read, but it s strength lies in the honesty and brutality of the author and her young life I m anxious to read Diary of a Teenage Girl, the continuation of her biographical graphic novels I thought it interesting that when I received Diary fromor Paperback Swap, it came with the standard yellow Used Text sticker that you see in universities Somewhere a professor has assigned Gloeckner as essential reading Art Feminism Memoir She would surely fit into each of these categories as an exemplar With R Crumb as her mentor and good friend, you can see the influence of his well known distorted and strange style of drawing on her art He writes the foreword with equal parts creepy and caring, lavishing Gloeckner with fatherly praise This book is as I said difficult to read, but touching, provocative, and sadly lovely at once