A nonfiction graphic novel about the turbulent life of the author’s great-grandmother, a Jewish secretary for the Soviet secret police
Dear Tumblrverse! I am excited, and more than a little terrified, to announce that I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for my nonfiction graphic novel project, The Soviet. Please click the link to find out more, but for now know that I’m just one chapter away from finishing all 223 pages of it, and I (desperately) need your help to finish the last remaining stretch, send the book to a printer, and ship it to potential publishers! I took a year off from grad school in order to write it, and lived entirely on savings for the past year in order to complete it. It’s been a labor-intensive and immensely time-consuming process— almost everything was done by hand, and I created a hand-drawn font specifically for the graphic novel— but I’m excited to finally (hopefully) get this work out there.
… Lana has replaced Anna Nicole Smith as the reigning “faux queen,” a former blue-jean baby whose rejection of upwardly mobile feminism and/or high-class femininity in favor of fatalistic glamour and female-to-female drag makes her a gender deserter to some, but a godsend to most, because at least she never makes it look easy. And what a relief. When straight girls and women are meant to choose between chic, studied effortlessness (creative upper class/Manhattan) and tweely aestheticized failure (creative underclass/Brooklyn), Lana’s truth is way, way in between: Being a man-loving woman is not an identity; it’s a job.