Trina Robbins er den mest berømte kvindelige undergrunds-tegner, og det er altid spændende at se, hvad hun finder på, hvadenten det så er tegninger, manuskripter, som den højaktuelle “Honey West” serie, eller de historiske værker om kvindelige serietegnere og seriefigurer, som hun også finder tid til ind i mellem i sin rolle som “herstorian”, den feministiske modvægt til “historian”. Af en eller anden grund er hendes bemærkelsesværdige graphic novel fra 2011 om den kvindelige serietegner pionér Lily Renée gået min næse forbi, men nu har jeg så opdaget den og erfaret, at den og Trina er blevet hædret med Sydney Taylor Honor Award i kategorien tegneserier for ældre læsere – en pris til Trina for hendes manuskript til den nye graphic novel, “Lily Renée, Escape Artist”. Sydney Taylor Honor Award er en jødisk bogpris, meget à propos, da Lily Renée er overlevende fra Holocaust.
The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Pasadena, California this June.
Congratulations on the honors you’ve received for Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer. When did you first learn about Lily’s life and legacy, and what inspired you to write Escape Artist?
I’m a historian as well as a writer, and my specialty is comics history as it pertains to women, so I’ve written a number of histories of women cartoonists. One of the women I wrote about in my books was Lily Renee — I loved her comics, but knew very little about her, until one day I received an email from her granddaughter. I was so excited! I had assumed that Lily was no longer upon this planet, so I got even more excited when her granddaughter told me Lily was alive and well. I phoned her and visited her in New York and found out about her amazing life, which could have come out of one of her own comics, and I realized that I had to write about her.
That’s fantastic. How did you come to team up with illustrators Anne Timmons and Mo Oh?
Anne and I have collaborated on a great number of comics, including graphic novels starring my own flying teen superhero, GoGirl!, some educational graphic novels for schoolrooms, and some comic strip retellings of classic novels like Northanger Abbey and Little Women. She is a pleasure to work with! Because my editor wanted to get the book out in good time, she decided on an inker. I’ve never met Mo Oh, but she did a great job.
Which of your non-fiction works has been the most fun to work on?
I’d have to say this one, Lily Renee, Escape Artist.
Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer [Paperback]
- Reading level: Ages 11 and up
- Paperback:96 pages
- Publisher:Graphic Universe (November 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-0761381143
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