Lesbian Books for Spring: More Than 150 Fascinating Finds
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Photobooks and Graphic Novels
Every auto company shows off their cars in distinct ways, but each uses female models as corporate tools at the auto shows. Car Girls is a subversively fun look at gender, power and commodification.
Love, loss and loneliness meet transfigured ideas from this stunning rock star of a visual artist (darkhorse.com).
Chicks were among earliest pioneers of the graffiti movement, since it began to emerge in NYC and Philly in the 1970s. This compilation is the first to survey their work with over 1,000 illustrations (abramsbooks.com).
Another explicit book with both sexes, posits real people in unrehearsed sex acts, with tons of lesbians in the mix (Santilllophotography.com).
Call them freaks, call them champion athletes who are creating new models of femininity—either way, this muscled, complex pictorial is compelling (pondpress.com).
Posters from the (gay adjacent) pop art great who suffered homophobic attacks on his art and a Life mag cover headline asking, “Is He the Worst Artist in the U.S.?” (prestel.com).
A riveting photo essay from the kids at Sylvia’s Place, New York’s first emergency shelter for LGBTQ youth and young adults, with sad facts about trans and queer kids lives (trolleybooks.com).
One of greatest women artists of all time is celebrated in this first of it’s kind book released on the centennial of her birth (merrellpublishers.com).
Digital photo tech called high dynamic range (HDR) imaging allowed Burkholder to create photos that look like paintings, offering a new way of looking at post-Katrina New Orleans (utexas.edu/upress).
Exploring sex and sexuality in ceramics through history offers a enthralling look at works by lesbian, gay and straight artists (acblack.com).
The Harvey Girls: Little Audrey, Little Dot & Little Lotta, Ed. Leslie Cabarga (Dark Horse Books)
In this fifth volume of Harvey Comics Classics, Cabarga has created a giant graphic novel using 110 classic comics stories featuring the three little girls with big dreams which regaled kids from 1952 to 1962. As comic guru Trina Robbins said, “There wasn’t much out there for girls in the early 1950s. Katy Keene was at least twenty-one, and Patsy Walker was a teenager. Wonder Woman was, you know, a woman. But the Harvey Girls were girls—and what girls!” Enter smart troublemaker Little Audrey, polka dotted Little Dot and the junior plus sized Little Lotta, role models for early girl comic fans that are just as fascinating in the 20th century.
Tamara Drewe, Posy Simmonds (Mariner)
Lauded by the likes of Tom Wolfe, this graphic novel from Britain’s best-loved cartoonist and author of Gemma Bovery follows a year at a writers’ retreat and the disruptions rent by the arrival of sexy gossip columnist Tamara Drewe.
Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography, Sabrina Jones (Hill and Wang)
Cartoonist Jones provides a visual biography of feminist icon Duncan who revolutionized dance and fought off conventions before her tragic death. Jones writes, “Some of her liberties we take for granted, like comfortable dress and serial monogamy, but others, in art, education, and motherhood, are still every bit as hard to pull off.”
Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors, Elizabeth Lunday (Quirk Books)
Illustrated in tabloid fashion, Secret Lives reveals little-known, politically-incorrect, titillating and lurid details about the (mostly male) masters. Georgia O’Keeffe apparently painted in the nude.
The Q Guide to Wonder Woman and The Q Guide to Charlie’s Angels, Mike Pingel (Alyson Books)
The new Q Guide series offers up must-have info on queer topics from Fire Island to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In Wonder Woman, Pingel follows my favorite Amazon princess to America during World War II for the hit TV series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman. There’s cast and guest star memories, plot summaries, lasso tips and even quotes from a lesbo celeb on which Wonder outfit she’d wear. The Charlie’s Angels vignette is even better with shower scenarios, mean butch villain girls, hair recaps and the usual “gayest moment” summary.
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