Fantagraphics are one of those indie publishers who continue to release surprising comics from around the globe, as well as give gorgeous presentations to comics from decades ago. The last such delight I read from the publisher was Young Romance, a wonderful collection of classic love stories from legendary creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (the pair who created Captain America BTW).
I always look forward to checking out their wares each month in the Previews comics catalogue for something new. Besides works from respected creators such as Peter Bagge, Daniel Clowes and Carl Barks, they also bring to English speaking shores award winning, critic loving sequential art stories from countries we don’t normally associate with comics. Below is a press release about two new graphic novels from writer/artist Lucy Knisley, and published by Fantagraphics. I must confess that I haven’t read anything of hers, but I’m aware of her last OGN, Relish from First Second Books and you can find out more about Knisley at her website.
Fantagraphics Books is excited to announce the acquisition of two new comics travel memoirs by acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley. Fall 2014 brings An Age of License, which recounts Knisley’s charming and romantic adventures across Europe on a quest to discover what is truly important in life, find love along the way. Displacement is a travelogue about taking her elderly grandparents on a cruise, and pondering the meaning of life, while trying to hold her family together. The deal was brokered by Holly Bemiss at The Susan Rabiner Literary Agency.
New York Times Best Selling cartoonist Knisley garnered fame from her two previous graphic novels Relish and French Milk. She is also well known for her ongoing web comic, Stop Paying Attention, the latest of which is “A Light That Never Goes Out.” Knisley’s greatest strength lays in her keen ability to tell her story to both young adult and mature readers.
“I’m really excited to finally be working with Fantagraphics, which I’ve admired for years,” Knisley explains. “These books are an exploration of youth and freedom, versus responsibility and family, and I’m so glad Fantagraphics is the company to help me tell these stories.”
Much like the HBO series Girls, Knisley speaks to a generation of young women who are fiercely independent and yearn for adventure. The Eat, Pray, Love for the “social media” generation, An Age of License is a series of illustrated snapshots of a life full of cute cats, fancy food, and exotic travel.
A Travel Memoir by Lucy Knisley
Summer 2015 • Paperback
128 pages • Black & white with some color
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