A Bubble by Genevieve Castree: In stores now
I'll fully admit this is an incredibly hard book to write a blog post about. A Bubble was Geneviève's last artistic endeavor before she passed away in 2016, and beautifully captures her identity as an artist and mother—warm, full of feeling and love and layers, beautiful, heartbreaking. It's in stores now, and though it's a challenging book to talk about, it's gorgeous and raw and a very special experience that is so worthwhile. Here's some photos, and the book copy below.
Near the end of her life, surrounded by the nature and calm of Anacortes, Washington, Geneviève Castrée drew one final gift for her two-year-old daughter, the stunning board book A Bubble. Leaving behind a last note for a young child is an incomprehensible task; Castrée responds with grace and subtlety. Using precise, exquisite drawings of herself and her daughter, changes in their daily routines are depicted as a greater story unfolds. Castrée and her daughter float from page to page, encased in a bubble that protects them from the outside world. A contemplation of love and loss, A Bubble is a lasting declaration, a final memory, a comfort for others experiencing grief, and a beautiful archive of one of the world’s most talented cartoonist’s final artistic achievements.
Known for her hauntingly beautiful music (Ô PAON, Woelv), engrossingly detailed album illustrations, and delicate, subtle comics, Castrée’s previous graphic novel, Susceptible, shows her rare ability to handle difficult personal material with intimacy and honesty. A Bubble acts as an extension of Castrée’s life story, and final chapter of a beautifully full existence. Castrée passed away in 2016 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.