As a critically acclaimed author, celebrated cartoonist, and comics wunderkind with nearly 10 years of published works under her belt, Lucy Knisley is a perennial favorite of this reviewer. Known for her witty, thoughtful, and deeply personal autobiographical works, Lucy has made a name for herself with books like French Milk, Relish, An Age of License, and most recently, Displacement. An Age of License and Displacement are companion travelogues, published through Fantagraphics Books, detailing the events of two separate trips taken several months apart. The first is an exploration of freedom, youth, and love, while the latter is a sobering glimpse into the realities of aging, memory-loss, and caring for the elderly. For further information about these books, you can read my reviews here and here.
Recently I had the chance to sit down with Lucy at The Strand Bookstore in Manhattan and interview her about Displacement, her new work, and her experiences as an graphic memoirist:
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Once again, the wonderful folks at Fantagraphics have been kind enough to send me a couple of their new titles to review, one of which is yet another beautiful and emotionally moving travelogue by one of my favorite cartoonists, Lucy Knisley.
After her elderly grandparents sign up for a cruise they can’t handle on their own, Lucy offers to shepherd them on their 10-day excursion to the Caribbean. Faced with the realities of her grandparents’ fading health, plus the physical and mental stresses of caring for two nonagenarians, Lucy finds herself pitched into a period of intense doubt and frustration, while also trying to summon the patience and grace so desperately needed in times of distress.
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Recently the wonderful folks at Fantagraphics Books asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a few of their titles, one of which was Lucy Knisley’s latest work, An Age of License. As a longtime fan of Knisley’s webcomics, self-published books, and her recent best-selling food memoir Relish, I naturally jumped at the opportunity.
Lucy Knisley is well known for her travelogues. Her first book, French Milk, published by Simon & Schuster, is in fact a travel journal kept while on a trip to Paris with her mother back in 2007. Since then, she’s illustrated several accounts, including trips to Florida, Tanzania, Florence, and even a return to Paris, which are available through her website. An Age of License, however, is her first travelogue published through Fantagraphics, and will be followed next summer by another work titled Displacement.
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With the release of both the French and German language editions of her latest book, and the author’s announcement of two new books in the works, it seems like as good a time as any to introduce you all to the delightful autobiographical comics of Lucy Knisley.
A veteran of Internet comics and self-publishing, Lucy Knisley’s work almost exclusively deals with real-life events, recounting stories from her childhood, family history, world travels, and more. She first struck out on the scene with French Milk, the account of a month-long trip to Paris with her mother in 2007. Since then Knisley’s work has received multiple accolades and she has risen to literary prominence with the release of her self-described “food memoir,” Relish: My Life in the Kitchen through First Second Books.
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