Comic Book Resources spotlights Woman Rebel and Paying for It

“Committed: My Top 10 Weird Biographical Comics” / Comic Book Resources / Sonia Harris / March 26, 2014

2. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story


By Peter Bagge
Published by Drawn & Quarterly
After decades of creating flawed-but-lovable characters in his signature rubbery style, Bagge turns his critical observational eye to revolutionary proponent of a woman’s right to choose whether to have children (or not); Margaret Sanger. Researching every aspect of her life in order to present a complex, rich history of her childhood as one of 10, to a wildly liberated woman in her time, Bagge’s view is unflinching. His ability to depict her passion with humor and affection shines through on every panel creating a very human hero for our contemporary world. In addition to this book, Bagge supplements his visual shorthand with a large addendum which compiles his research and findings as a rich resource for those who find they come away with even more questions about Sanger’s life, her beliefs, and her experiences.


4. Paying For It

By Chester Brown
Published by Drawn & Quarterly
In this chunky little volume, Chester Brown presents us with his own research into a life where prostitution acts as a total replacement for an adult, intimate relationship. In many ways Brown has done the research that not many people want to do (and those that do, are rarely interested in sharing their findings). Surprisingly dry, considering that this is a book about visiting prostitutes, Brown simply charts his experiences in the most methodical and almost dour way. Although for the author this is a book about discovering something that works for him, his experiences seem somewhat dull as his approach to sex is less about desire and more about simple physical exigency. His tightly drawn panel grid and simple, diagrammatic approach to the book emphasize the evolving hypothesis the book explores.

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