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Using the story-telling queen as a narrative model, this unique collection of work from the most fascinating female graphic artists in the world includes contributions from twenty-three artists and presents material that will appeal to comic book fans, graphic novel readers, and devotees of the third wave of feminism. Original.


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Using the story-telling queen as a narrative model, this unique collection of work from the most fascinating female graphic artists in the world includes contributions from twenty-three artists and presents material that will appeal to comic book fans, graphic novel readers, and devotees of the third wave of feminism. Original.

30 review for Scheherazade: Comics About Love, Treachery, Mothers, and Monsters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    I know anthologies are always a mixed bag. This one was just...not good. I'm tempted to give it one star but my love of the concept prevents me from doing so. I apparently haven't accepted that the potential of this collection and the reality of it just don't match up--not even close. The production values are low. I don't know why they just had to choose purple as the color for everything to be printed. It feels unnatural for most of the stories. Contrast and color saturation are also issues for I know anthologies are always a mixed bag. This one was just...not good. I'm tempted to give it one star but my love of the concept prevents me from doing so. I apparently haven't accepted that the potential of this collection and the reality of it just don't match up--not even close. The production values are low. I don't know why they just had to choose purple as the color for everything to be printed. It feels unnatural for most of the stories. Contrast and color saturation are also issues for a few of the stories, which are printed so poorly that they look like they've been badly xeroxed a few too many times. As for the stories themselves, I was surprised by how many stories I didn't like. Most of them end abruptly--I'm not sure if it's because they're part of a longer narrative or if the editor just happens to enjoy comics that end without any closure. I personally do not, so that really got on my nerves, especially once I realized that about 3/4 of the stories end that way. Others just didn't make much sense to me at all, such as "The Real Anna" and "Olivia." Overall, I'd say you should just pass on this collection. It's poorly presented and the selections don't do justice to the great work being done by women in the comics world right now. Hopefully someone else will take this idea and do it better next time?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ramos

    what the fuck

  3. 5 out of 5

    Honore

    Very hit or miss. I'll echo other reviewers in saying that the printing quality of some of the comics makes it difficult to read. I think it was a design choice to make it seem zine like, but it doesn't pay off. Very hit or miss. I'll echo other reviewers in saying that the printing quality of some of the comics makes it difficult to read. I think it was a design choice to make it seem zine like, but it doesn't pay off.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sparrow

    Who was Scheherazade? Did she tell stories to an emperor to distract him from cutting off her head? (I realize that in the modern world one can simply click on Wikipedia and know everything, but I'm pretending it's still 1974!) These are short comics by women, published by Soft Skull Press in 2004. Are women the greatest comic book artists today? Quite possibly, judging from this collection, expertly edited by Megan Kelso (nice name!). It turns out that the cartoon medium is not the best for supe Who was Scheherazade? Did she tell stories to an emperor to distract him from cutting off her head? (I realize that in the modern world one can simply click on Wikipedia and know everything, but I'm pretending it's still 1974!) These are short comics by women, published by Soft Skull Press in 2004. Are women the greatest comic book artists today? Quite possibly, judging from this collection, expertly edited by Megan Kelso (nice name!). It turns out that the cartoon medium is not the best for superhero fantasies. Much better is special effects-laden film. What a comic book excels at is confession, intimate memory, whimsy, gossip. These comic-pieces (I'm uncertain what to call them: "cartoon-essays"?) border on literature or sophisticated visual art, or both. All of the intelligence you don't see in contemporary fiction is visible here. These pieces are modest, anecdotal, but together they form -- as the title suggests -- an anti-epic, about the heroism of disappointment. We never forget our failures, and our successes seem almost to be mocking us. Yet we continue. (Except for J. Manix, a French artist who died at the age of 30 or 31. I violated my previous vow and searched for her on the Internet, but found essentially nothing -- except the phrase "It is difficult to find information about Manix" on artblog.net. J.'s piece in this book, "Birthday Present," is about shopping with her mother in Paris. Sample dialogue: "Ladies, may I help you?" "Yes, we are looking for a bra.") Most of these cartoonists are young. The oldest, Jennifer Daydreamer, was born in 1965.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Young

    This was ok. There are some stories that are not that great, and some that are more writing with sketches than comics. Was a little disappointed that only the first story was from the Arabian Nights. Although not an exact copy of the story, it was quite well done. My favourite story was 'Shit', which accurately captured the neuroticism (shared by my spouse) of not wanting to do #2 near other people, or in public places. This was ok. There are some stories that are not that great, and some that are more writing with sketches than comics. Was a little disappointed that only the first story was from the Arabian Nights. Although not an exact copy of the story, it was quite well done. My favourite story was 'Shit', which accurately captured the neuroticism (shared by my spouse) of not wanting to do #2 near other people, or in public places.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Preethi

    This book has been on my virtual To-read shelf and real bedside table for almost 6 months after a niece gave this to me. But am glad I finally got to reading it. Each chapter has a different style because this is an anthology and thats the best part about this book. The stories vary in their themes too. Pick it up if Graphic novels and comic artists and their styles interest you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    For years Kelso wanted to edit an anthology of female cartoonists, but didn't know what would tie it together. A few years ago, she noticed an explosion of younger female cartoonists who were really ambitious and promising, and got this idea to work with them as a very active, hands-on editor, which is all too rare in comics. In Queen Scheherazade of the 1001 Nights, Kelso has found a role model: the archetypal (female) storyteller, cheating death by enthralling her royal captor with new install For years Kelso wanted to edit an anthology of female cartoonists, but didn't know what would tie it together. A few years ago, she noticed an explosion of younger female cartoonists who were really ambitious and promising, and got this idea to work with them as a very active, hands-on editor, which is all too rare in comics. In Queen Scheherazade of the 1001 Nights, Kelso has found a role model: the archetypal (female) storyteller, cheating death by enthralling her royal captor with new installments of a vast, interconnected story. Like her stories, the tales in this book take on broad human concerns: love, life, death, money, food, shit and treachery, mothers and monsters. (A framing story by Ariel Bordeaux will bookend the collection and thread between all the other stories, which range from 5 to 14 pages each.) But the fact that they are all women is secondary to their promise as important contributors to a new era in the medium of comics, one marked by their energy, their potential and their ferocity. Further uniting this group is their belief in the *story*. Scheherazade is a celebration of narrative, the simple, human joy of spinning yarns.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cortney

    A really lovely collection of comics by women artists. The introduction by Kathleen Hanna (oh, Bikini Kill, how I miss you...) sets a lovely tone for how to approach an all-women collection in contempory times when it's pretty standardly accepted that vagina-bearing folks can draw stories just as well as the penis-endowed. Yes, the subject matter can be vastly different (lots of attention to moments here), and yes, women draw women in so many different ways (and they feel honest, like looking in A really lovely collection of comics by women artists. The introduction by Kathleen Hanna (oh, Bikini Kill, how I miss you...) sets a lovely tone for how to approach an all-women collection in contempory times when it's pretty standardly accepted that vagina-bearing folks can draw stories just as well as the penis-endowed. Yes, the subject matter can be vastly different (lots of attention to moments here), and yes, women draw women in so many different ways (and they feel honest, like looking into some sort of psychological mirror). Thanks, K.H. for making me look at the comics though a lens I wouldn't have normally. A little more action would have been welcomed here, though. And I hate comics with hard-to-read cursive writing. But I realize that is a personal preference and not an actual problem with the book. I love the ink tones in this wholeheartedly...everything is purple-y, but not in a sickening way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    K.m.

    The unifying theme for this comic anthology seemed to be storytelling, specifically in the work of women comic/graphic artists. While there were a few graphic artists in this anthology whose work I enjoyed, such as the piece from Leela Corman (an excerpt from her work, Unterzakhn), Andrice Arp's retelling of a story from The 1001 Nights or Sara Varon's dog who builds a robot, the collection as a whole was lacking. There's something almost desperate, and more often than not novelizing about formi The unifying theme for this comic anthology seemed to be storytelling, specifically in the work of women comic/graphic artists. While there were a few graphic artists in this anthology whose work I enjoyed, such as the piece from Leela Corman (an excerpt from her work, Unterzakhn), Andrice Arp's retelling of a story from The 1001 Nights or Sara Varon's dog who builds a robot, the collection as a whole was lacking. There's something almost desperate, and more often than not novelizing about forming an anthology based on gender. It was a mixed bag of amateurs and more professional artists, and some of the work was straight up badly reproduced so you could barely see it, which turned highlighting women authors into a bit of a shit show. The cover promised so much (Nikki McClure!) that the inside did not deliver.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    As is typical in comic anthologies, some stories are better than others. "The Pickle Fork" and "Undertow" were two particular favorites in this collection. But the production value of this book is dreadful. At least three of the included stories are barely legible and/or the artwork is practically invisible. Stark stories like "One Afternoon" or "Turtle Pancakes" come off well with their bold blacks and whites, but anything with nuance in it like "Berlinda's Taste" just ends up completely washed As is typical in comic anthologies, some stories are better than others. "The Pickle Fork" and "Undertow" were two particular favorites in this collection. But the production value of this book is dreadful. At least three of the included stories are barely legible and/or the artwork is practically invisible. Stark stories like "One Afternoon" or "Turtle Pancakes" come off well with their bold blacks and whites, but anything with nuance in it like "Berlinda's Taste" just ends up completely washed up. Shame on the production team and/or the printers for doing such a disservice to these artists.

  11. 4 out of 5

    lola

    lots of great little comics from womens and a preface that kathleen hanna seems to have written without her glasses, in 10 minutes, completely high. i was irritated when the stories were cut short, but that's probably what they meant to do, considering when they did i went online and bought the comic books that the stories were excerpted from. lots of great little comics from womens and a preface that kathleen hanna seems to have written without her glasses, in 10 minutes, completely high. i was irritated when the stories were cut short, but that's probably what they meant to do, considering when they did i went online and bought the comic books that the stories were excerpted from.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    This is a good collection of work by female comics artists, with a really diverse group of styles. I wish that they'd been given a little more space to flesh out the stories, I felt like some were cut a little short. The one that I am left remembering is when the girl drowns in the ocean. The last panel is ingrained in my mind. This is a good collection of work by female comics artists, with a really diverse group of styles. I wish that they'd been given a little more space to flesh out the stories, I felt like some were cut a little short. The one that I am left remembering is when the girl drowns in the ocean. The last panel is ingrained in my mind.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jason Beyer

    I like the concept and the introduction to many new artists. However, many of these stories seem incomplete. Maybe that is to encourage readers to read more but in most cases I was not encouraged. Love Ellen Fourney though!! I don't think, though, that her story here is a good representation of her work. I like the concept and the introduction to many new artists. However, many of these stories seem incomplete. Maybe that is to encourage readers to read more but in most cases I was not encouraged. Love Ellen Fourney though!! I don't think, though, that her story here is a good representation of her work.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Meh. I think maybe I just don't appreciate the art form. Some good stuff, good drawings or story, but a lot scattered, random, clichéd, or just dull, combined with 'zine feeling cruddy print quality. I'll give this to anybody who wants it or the library but it's not a keeper. Meh. I think maybe I just don't appreciate the art form. Some good stuff, good drawings or story, but a lot scattered, random, clichéd, or just dull, combined with 'zine feeling cruddy print quality. I'll give this to anybody who wants it or the library but it's not a keeper.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Garconniere

    kind of a mixed bag... i'm glad i picked it up overall, but it is definitely on the darker side, and lacking a bit of cohesion. i found most of the stories really depressing, some better executed than other, and the theme of scherazade was a bit of stretch to say the least. beautiful book. kind of a mixed bag... i'm glad i picked it up overall, but it is definitely on the darker side, and lacking a bit of cohesion. i found most of the stories really depressing, some better executed than other, and the theme of scherazade was a bit of stretch to say the least. beautiful book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Campbell

    anthology of 'new' ish comics by women a few gems, some silly design (grrrrly) decisions a LOT of stories about girls going to extremes to avoid embarrasment or make things right only to get smacked down by other girls (bitches!) anthology of 'new' ish comics by women a few gems, some silly design (grrrrly) decisions a LOT of stories about girls going to extremes to avoid embarrasment or make things right only to get smacked down by other girls (bitches!)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andreia

    In all honesty I may not finish this book. I am currently on page 93 and there are 218 pages. I find that the idea of the collection is more interesting than the actual stories/drawings. I may take a day or two and decide if I want to continue. Currently, I am leaning towards a NO.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Harmony Cox

    This book could work as a great introduction for anyone who is interested in lady cartoonists. Good mix of established talents and promising newcomers. You won't like all of these comics, but you'll fnd a few artists you'll want to follow. This book could work as a great introduction for anyone who is interested in lady cartoonists. Good mix of established talents and promising newcomers. You won't like all of these comics, but you'll fnd a few artists you'll want to follow.

  19. 4 out of 5

    K M

    Wavering between two and three stars. The title gave me very high hopes. I guess some of the comics I'd give a 2, and others a 3. Wavering between two and three stars. The title gave me very high hopes. I guess some of the comics I'd give a 2, and others a 3.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharanya

    The idea behind the making of this book is awesome. The book by itself could have been a lil better

  21. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    so good

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    some good, some not so good. But interesting and worth your time if you gotta kill some of it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liz Yerby

    i keep thinking back to that story written by a mom about balancing motherhood and art-making. the rest of it is kind of a mixed bag, but i'm still glad i read it. thanks multcolib i keep thinking back to that story written by a mom about balancing motherhood and art-making. the rest of it is kind of a mixed bag, but i'm still glad i read it. thanks multcolib

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nappyco

    Great book! But apparently there was a problem with the printing, so some of the drawings are incomplete.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    Some great excerpts but the actual art itself was not always reproduced very well, at least in the copy I had. Some of it was a bit hard to see/look at.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Unfocussed and a little dull. It had its moments, though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer

    25% gold, the rest were okay. Maybe I'm just not an anthology fan? 25% gold, the rest were okay. Maybe I'm just not an anthology fan?

  28. 4 out of 5

    A B

    This is not a graphic novel adaptation of 1,001 Arabian Nights. Note to self: when grabbing a stash of books in the last 15 minutes that a library will be open prior to an unexpected pandemic-related closure, still use caution. Instead, it is a very, very strange compilation of short comics by female graphic artists. Most are bizarre and a bit pretentious, giving the reader the impression that we're just not hip enough to "get it" and understand what it's really about. Are the cute little birds t This is not a graphic novel adaptation of 1,001 Arabian Nights. Note to self: when grabbing a stash of books in the last 15 minutes that a library will be open prior to an unexpected pandemic-related closure, still use caution. Instead, it is a very, very strange compilation of short comics by female graphic artists. Most are bizarre and a bit pretentious, giving the reader the impression that we're just not hip enough to "get it" and understand what it's really about. Are the cute little birds that get eaten by the goblin a metaphor for toxic masculinity or some bull$hit? I don't know and I don't care. Anyway, I like the compilation idea and a few of the works were good, but overall, this is pretty skipable.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bree Klass

    these stories did not impact me at all. i don’t know if i was expecting too much but i’m disappointed nonetheless.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily

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