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"Where are the comix for me, a Lebanese-American dyke?" This question motivated Camper to edit an anthology of comics by and for people other than the straight white men who dominate the medium. Like many anthologies, this one is wildly uneven. It contains some strong pieces: Alison Bechdel's "Oppressed Minority Cartoonist" sends up the paradox of trying to rise above being an oppressed minority cartoonist when that very status is getting you a chance to be published. Joan Hilty's "You Must Not Read Gabriel García Márquez After the Breakup" combines literate jokes with a shadowy, sketchy style to create a trenchantly funny slice of life. Howard Cruse's "Auntie Moo's Typewriters" perfectly matches earthy, Terry Gilliam–influenced art with a story about his immigrant aunt. And Leanne Franson's "Chicken Head Love" uses beautifully pared-down lines to show why you should never woo someone using leftover animal parts. Other pieces don't fare quite as well: Camper's "Ramadan," for example, looks a lot like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, but matches its accomplished art with a painfully earnest lecture about the hardships of being a Lebanese lesbian. One wishes Camper had read Bechdel's piece more closely: like her piece, this anthology works best when it stops worrying about how it's going to fit in and just focuses on making good art.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932360700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932360707
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How refreshing. A Comix about an Arab Muslim dyke. It even starts with a verse from the 1st chapter in the Qur'an.

Well drawn, in the tradition of "dykes to watch out for", Jennifer Camper's "Ramadan" Comix is part of the anthology debut of Juicy Mother. It caught my attention `cuz it explores a Lebanese Lesbian (I never tire of hearing those words together) day's journey of fasting during Ramadan. It has everything: Flash back to childhood memories, culture-conformity in the work place, Nicely introduced Islamic concepts like " Suhoor" & "Shari'a" (if you want to know what they are: buy the book), coming out to religious parents, and even some post 911 reflections. A few concise and delightfully illustrated panels takes you through what is usually a life time worth of wisdom in drawing parallels between Anti-Arab hysteria and home-grown homophobia. JC even manages to bring up the subject of hijab and veiling without degrading the point in discussing clothes and oppression `a la usual western way. Arab/Muslim/Dyke oppression is ultimately triumphed over when one sticks to her cultural customs despites all detractors.
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I don't know what it's like in the Big City, but here in the Hinterlands this book arrived like a bolt of lightning from the sky. The good kind of lightning. I've had friends who tried to get me into alternative "ooh so cool" comix before, ie the famous R. Crumb.

Yes there's a certain level of wackyness that could be appreciated but I, frankly, have never fully enjoyed cause everyone was well, hetero and WHITE yo. Hey I have nothing against the caucasians of this country (my best friend is white), but it's quite different to read a supposed "alternative" comic and realize it's all the same frou-frou with added crass, sex, and naked boobies. Whatever.

This collection on the other hand, IS actually from the left wing nutters, homos, freaks, and rejects.

Oh and of course, it's a helluva fun. However, I do have one complaint - it's too short! When's the next one coming out? I. Want. More.
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Edited by Jennifer Camper, Juicy Mother is self-described as commix for discerning homosexuals, uppity ladies, fierce people of color, and all of their friends. You'll certainly find all of that in more in this compilation trade paperback from Soft Skull Press. The 150 page book features an eclectic array of comic strips that run the gamut from very rough, to professionally polished (although they may be reluctant to admit to it). What's evident in reading the book is the passion that the artists and writers have for the subject matter.

"Doll Face" by Stephen Winter and Robert Kirby is a bittersweet tale of love, found and then lost, by a gay black man who describes himself as "old". We see his excursion through the gay community and feel his pain but rejoice in his eventually maturation process.

"Italian Cousin" is a rather twisted tale by Serena Pillai. Chris' 15 year old cousin from Italy comes to stay with he and his wife, and spends the entire time trying to seduce the middle-aged Chris. "Teddy Bear's Wedding" is a delightfully screwball tale of gay marriage long before states were allowing it and before the heated debate. Two, middle-aged, overweight men plan a wedding in the park and use just about every homosexual cliché in this wacky, and wonderfully illustrated story by Robert Tripton.

"Look! Look!" is a different take on old grammar school reading primers as it tells the story of two lesbians as Delta just gets out of jail and goes out on the town with Peanut. A trip to a bar turns into a brawl as the pair teach a couple of overzealous men a lesson they will never forget with lines like "See Delta Kick Ass!" and "Hear Peanut Crunch Heads." This story features the best art in the entire book, shot directly from G.B.
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