It's been awhile since we heard from Sophie Yanow in comic book form, so it's nice to know she's still making new work. What Is a Glacier? links heartbreak with glacier melt, climate change with personal change; making links that might at first seem counter-intuitive, but upon reflection can be seen as linked by a shared anxiety at the impending unknown of our implacable future.
Widely acclaimed in European comics circles, the work of Dominique Goblet, a francophone native of Brussels, at long last receives an English language translation by Sophie Yanow in this beautifully produced New York Review Comics edition of Pretending Is Lying. Produced over a period of roughly a decade, the artwork is highly expressive, deeply personal and embodies a variety of techniques and materials that indicate the passage of time, shifts in perspective and consequent changes in approach. Pretending Is Lying is a work that you not just simply read, but experience.
Check out its NYRC page for six preview pages and more.
With The Contradictions, Sophie Yanow delivers what is unquestionably her most accomplished work to date. This 200 page graphic novel chronicles Yanow's time spent as an American student coming of age in Europe – primarily Paris and Amsterdam. The narrative follows young Yanow as she navigates the nexus of connections between relationships, politics and theory (and drugs), and then strives to figure out how all these fit together to form a cohesive sense of reality. As the reader is gradually drawn into this vortex, they will be brought face to face with... the contradictions.
“The Contradictions is a masterpiece. Sophie Yanow’s tale of hitchhiking around Europe under the spell of a sulky, fixie-riding anarchist is a pitch-perfect portrait of youthful disillusionment and self-discovery. Yanow’s impeccable ligne claire drawing seems to mathematically cancel out everything nonessential in her panels, and the effect is surprisingly, even transcendently, emotional.” —Alison Bechdel
“The Contradictions is Yanow’s best work yet. The atmosphere of Yanow’s lines paired with the clarity of her writing form a style of comics that I have never seen before. Every panel makes you want to cry and laugh simultaneously. “—Tillie Walden