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jobnik! Perfect Paperback – October 3, 2008
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"Libicki simultaneously charts her journey as raw recruit in the Israeli Defense Force and young girl painfully searching for intimacy. Love and peace, war and youth, the mixture is irresistible." --Stephen Notley, creator of Bob the Angry Flower
"The so-called comics experts tell us the Golden Age of comics is long past. I contend this isn t so. In fact, I suspect we re in comics golden age right now. In even the recent past, the amazing diversity of comics we enjoy today simply wasn t available or even possible. The idea of an autobiographical exploration of one young woman s years in the Israeli Defense Force, during the height of the second intifada, being published as a comic series, much less finding a readership, was an idiot s dream. Now it s not only possible, the book exists. Miriam Libicki s Jobnik! is proof that we re in the golden age of comics today." --Bill Willingham, author of Fables
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This is not one of those polished Sandman graphic novels, but a pencil sketch/drawing along the lines of Crumb. And by mentioning Crumb, I mean that her characters are thick-bodied individuals like the way he draws them. (In fact, Crumb gives his endorsement on the back of the book complimenting and making light of this fact.) It's the drawings that really pulled me in. There is something eerie about the way Miriam captures the facial expressions of herself in the book. The flippant looks, the sideways glances, the cowering, the anger, all so well done.
The story will throw some people at first, for it feels a bit choppy. But for those that have served, that is how the time feels: chopped up into segments that don't seem to make sense.
Some of the pages are heavily sketched with the Chiaroscuro shading where faces are deep and detailed, while others are made up of about 5 or 6 lines and rough. While this may sound chaotic, it really depended of what the story was talking about. Some of the more mournful and sobering parts got detailed while some of the mundane day-to-day soldier life was given less gravity. But in no way less enthusiasm, just different.
I highly recommend this book for educators teaching courses on women's studies, women in the military, Jewish literature. Of course, I also recommend as a fantastic read that you will not be able to put down.
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If you love Israel, like I do, If you love graphic novels in paperback format, like I do, then YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK! Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by paxman
As is the case with many graphic novels, it's easy to be fooled into thinking this is suitable for youngsters. Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by library lady