“Fawkes deftly weaves narration from Charlotte’s writings into appropriate biographical scenes….Fawkes’ illustrations appear as black-and-white, shaded pencil drawings in a style that cartoonist Alison Bechdel aptly describes in the introduction as “crisp and engaging.” … A biography that goes beyond static history, inspiring respect for Charlotte and encouraging writers and artists to defend their work through adversity.”
“One of the joys of Fawkes’s slender volume is that Charlotte does not suffer in noble silence; she is openly ambitious, even resenting what teaching steals from her creative life. Though some of the portrait’s strengths can be attributed to the subject herself—this book relies heavily on her letters and poems—Fawkes is a deft and economical editor. With sure-handed, irreverent illustrations, she captures life on the windswept moors and masters the art of Victorian side-eye. Her Charlotte Brontë is as smart, brooding, and rebellious as Jane Eyre, and her volume offers an accessible introduction to and an elaboration on the Brontës’ work.”
Persephone’s Garden will be published in October 2019 by Secret Acres. It is 272 pages of new comics about my mother, cartoons that have appeared on The New Yorker.com and elsewhere, and diary comics spanning the past 7 years, most of my children’s childhood.
From Secret Acres:
“Few cartoonists capture a life being lived better than Glynnis Fawkes. Her comics are concocted from small joys, great sorrows, and of being in the present moment while also being painfully aware of the passage of time. Glynnis is one of my favorite cartoonists and this collection of deft observations and wry musings are by turns poignant and hilarious and collectively they add up to something greater than the sum of their parts: a low-key masterpiece by a brilliant and generous artist.”
- James Sturm, author of The Golem's Mighty Swing and Off Season
A children's song inspires a love of Greek mythology in a young girl. A young woman finds a career in archeology and illustration. A young mother sees her daughter become a woman, as her own mother's memories are lost. Persephone's Garden is a deeply personal story and an inventive study of girlhood, womanhood and motherhood, through memory, history and mythology.
8" x 6.". Full color. 272 pages.
NOTE: This item is available for pre-order only and will ship September 16th, 2019.
“Fawkes has a wonderfully lithe, Thurber-esque line, which adapts effortlessly to the humorous and quotidian.
Combining small moments that will ring true for many readers, Fawkes uncovers big themes in this funny-sad, satisfying mosaic.”
Reign of Crumbs
Reign of Crumbs is 76 pages, perfect bound b/w w/color covers and is published in June 2017 by Kilgore Books.
"Glynnis' comics have been some of our favorites for many years now. Whether she's detailing the joys and hardships of parenting in Vermont or the Middle East, adventuring in Greece, or re-telling ancient myths, she is a joy to read, with strong and clear line. She has a unique and uncanny ability to pull the critical thread out of a story and show it to the world."
In June and July 2016, I went to Greece to work on a dig, my 9th season at the site of Kenchreai on the Corinthian Gulf. For 5 weeks I drew every day, both diary comics and landscapes--3 notebooks full. Part of the Diary is about work on the dig and part is about the trip afterwards to Rhodes, Santorini, and Paros I took with my family--my husband John, Classics professor, musician, scholar of ancient music, and our two kids, ages 9 and 11. My goal now is to make this diary into a book by adding context to the daily trials: memories from my first and many subsequent trips to Greece over nearly 20 years and especially the beginning of the romance with John on Santorini 13 years ago.