Born in Wisconsin, Jim Knipfel was a staff writer at the now-defunct weekly alternative newspaper New York Press for thirteen years, where wrote the long-running and popular "Slackjaw" column, a cynical, misanthropic look at daily life. He is the author of ten books, including Slackjaw, …
In Love With Art Francoise Moulys Adventures in Comics With Art Spiegelman
by Jeet Heer
Published by Coach House Books
136p, b&w, softcover, 4.75"x7.5"
WHO CHOSE THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK?
No doubt, Francoise Mouly's career has been entwined with her partner Art Spiegelman's but that is actually still no excuse to title a book about her in such a way as to imply that the reader would only be interested in her life as it relates to Spiegelman's. That's leaving a real bad taste in my mouth -I mean, c'mon Comics, this is feminism 101 here...I EXPECT MORE.
Other than that, I think Francoise Mouly's life and work does deserve it's own volume, and here that is. Heer seems to do an interesting job of documenting an aesthetic track from RAW to The New Yorker to her work with Toon Books, as well as her personal and professional partnerships with Spiegelman and her position in a larger scene of comics, art and illustration.
From what I've read so far, it doesn't seem that the disrespectful attitude of the title is at play in the actual text, so I'd say this is certainly worth picking up if your interested in Mouly's life and aesthetic paths. Just make a fake dustjacket for it or something. -EF