Love Letters to Jane's World

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Oni Press
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7.0 X 9.9 X 0.8 inches | 2.0 pounds
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About the Author
Paige Braddock is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. Braddock had the opportunity to train under Schulz, her childhood hero, prior to his retirement. She has illustrated several "Peanuts" children's books, the Snoopy U.S. postage stamp issued in 2001, and the Newsweek cover featuring Snoopy following Schulz's death in 2000.
LIBRARY JOURNAL -- An LGBTQ sitcom with a large cast, Braddock's comic strip Jane's World has delivered chuckles of amusement and self-recognition for two decades. Jane is a sweet yet wishy-washy butch whose attempts at romance get humorously sidetracked by outlandish mishaps, endless talk about "feelings," attempts at self-improvement, good-natured assistance from former lovers plus friends of both sexes, and her overactive imagination. The openly lesbian Braddock ("Stinky Cecil" series) began the strip as a webcomic in the 1990s; it later became the first nationally syndicated comic with a lesbian protagonist. This collection excerpts the major plotlines, with interspersed commentary supplying context. Affectionate "love letters" to the strip appear throughout, some from comics luminaries and others from fans. Braddock's sketchy black-and-white inks seem effortlessly expressive in depicting both outrageous and humdrum situations while keeping the many characters distinct.
VERDICT Suggesting Alison Bechdel's Dykes To Watch Out For without the politics, Jane's World gently lampoons romance and gender stereotypes without rancor and can be enjoyed by all genders and orientations. With the complete run of the story collected and published by Braddock's Girl Twirl Comics, this overview offers a meaty omnibus for newbies and a binge read for aficionados.-Martha Cornog, Philadelphia