In Relish, Ms. Knisley takes a giant leap forward in her artistic development. With shades of Alison Bechdel and Ruto Modan, Knisley tackles her lifelong involvement with food - cooking, dining and eating. Growing up in a family filled with food professionals provided her with plenty of food for thought – and comics.
Here's an engaging tale of a young American woman abroad, 21st century comics style! As opposed to the introverted tales of angst and woe that we have come to associate with the autobio comics genre, here we have an extroverted (and, as it turns out, exogamous) tale of European adventure wherein our heroine heads off to gain new experiences and fresh perspectives, in what is, after all, a travelogue. Readers may vicariously share in her fun and far-ranging travels as well as her various interludes and escapade. Knisley has done one previous travel memoir, 2008's French Milk,which we were only lukewarm about, but her cartooning abilities have vastly improved in the interim, and the story she has to tell this time around has a lot more going for it, so fans of travel comics, fans of autobio comics, and fans of Knisley's popular foodie comic, Relish, all have something to look forward to here in this 200 page book; a mix of black & white and full color. Take a sneak peek at it, here in this PDF preview and see what you make of it.
Following fast on the heels of An Age of License, here's another travelogue in a matched edition. This time around readers will follow Lucy to the Caribbean as she is recruited to chaperone her aging grandparents on a "getaway cruise." This trip leads indirectly to a multi-genrational micro-saga in miniature; role reversals are experienced, insights are gained and laughs are had, all delinieated in Knisley's multi-faceted and increasingly adept melange of drawing, journaling and cartooning; full color throughout.