Lily Renée, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer

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6.4 X 9.2 X 0.3 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Writer and feminist herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 30 years. Her most recent books are The Brinkley Girls (Fantagraphics) and Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (Hampton Press). Her newest graphic novel is the three-part YA series Chicagoland Detective Agency for Graphic Universe(TM).
Anne was born in Portland, Oregon, and received her BFA from Oregon State University. In addition to her collaboration with Trina Robbins on the Lulu Award-winning GoGirl!, Anne's work includes the Eisner-nominated Dignifying Science and Pigling: A Cinderella Story for Lerner's Graphic Myths and Legends series. She has illustrated and painted covers for children's books and provided interior and cover art for regional and national magazines, including Wired, Portland Review, and Comic Book Artist. Anne's art also appears in the anthology 9-11: Artists Respond and is now in the Library of Congress.


"Renowned comics historian Robbins pens this biography of Lily Renée, an artist who was one of only a few women to work in the comic book industry in the 1940s." --Publishers Weekly

-- (10/2/2011 12:00:00 AM)

"This is a book about determination, hardship, and overcoming adversity. There aren't many Holocaust-themed books that have a happy ending, which makes this one all the more pleasurable to read." --Jewish Book World

-- (3/1/2012 12:00:00 AM)

"This is a smart little biography that will appeal to history buffs, comic book fans and anyone who likes a gutsy, pioneering heroine." --The New York Times Book Review

-- (12/18/2011 12:00:00 AM)

"A distinctive and useful visual portrayal of an inspirational true story, this graphic novel offers a great deal as an educational tool." --VOYA

-- (12/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)

"Like the comic books that Lily Renée Wilheim drew in the 1940s as a pioneer woman in a male-dominated industry, this biography is a tale of peril and suspense." --School Library Journal

-- (11/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)

"With this graphic biography, Robbins, who has worked hard to bring attention to women cartoonists, offers a Holocaust survivor story that few will find familiar." --Booklist

-- (10/15/2011 12:00:00 AM)

"This comic-book biography of a Jewish girl's life under the Nazi jackboot and then as a refugee is low key and that much more profound for it. The panels are brightly lit, and the narrative is crisp, both of which serve to chillingly amplify the everyday banality of evil.... A fitting tribute." --Kirkus Reviews

-- (10/1/2011 12:00:00 AM)