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Shira Spector literally paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner. Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy unfolds as Shira Spector literally paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner. Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy unfolds as one of the most formally inventive comics in the history of the medium. It begins in subtle, tonal shades of black ink, introduces color slowly over the next 50 pages until it explodes into a glorious full color palette. The irreverent characters begin to bloom and to live life fully, resurrecting the dead in order to map the geography among infertility, sexuality, choice, and mortality. The drawing is visceral, symbolic, and naturalistic. The visual storytelling eschews traditional comics panels in favor of a series of unique page compositions that convey both a stream of consciousness and the tactile reality of life, both the subjective impressions of the author at each moment of her life and the objective series of events that shape her narrative. It is the most formally revolutionary visual storytelling since Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters.


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Shira Spector literally paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner. Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy unfolds as Shira Spector literally paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner. Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy unfolds as one of the most formally inventive comics in the history of the medium. It begins in subtle, tonal shades of black ink, introduces color slowly over the next 50 pages until it explodes into a glorious full color palette. The irreverent characters begin to bloom and to live life fully, resurrecting the dead in order to map the geography among infertility, sexuality, choice, and mortality. The drawing is visceral, symbolic, and naturalistic. The visual storytelling eschews traditional comics panels in favor of a series of unique page compositions that convey both a stream of consciousness and the tactile reality of life, both the subjective impressions of the author at each moment of her life and the objective series of events that shape her narrative. It is the most formally revolutionary visual storytelling since Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters.

47 review for Red Rock Baby Candy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shira

    okay, it's a graphic memoir AND it's queer AND it's jewish AND the author has my name. I'm sorry, is this book my soulmate or something? *edit* and now I get to review it for No Flying No Tights! stay tuned for my thoughts. okay, it's a graphic memoir AND it's queer AND it's jewish AND the author has my name. I'm sorry, is this book my soulmate or something? *edit* and now I get to review it for No Flying No Tights! stay tuned for my thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A free association graphic memoir that sends the author's experiences of infertility and her father's cancer through a whirlwind to create a cacophony of words and pictures on the page. Reading a full sentence becomes a Where's Waldo? challenge as you search for the next word scribbled amongst the jumble of images. Kind of poetic, mostly a mess. Not for me. A free association graphic memoir that sends the author's experiences of infertility and her father's cancer through a whirlwind to create a cacophony of words and pictures on the page. Reading a full sentence becomes a Where's Waldo? challenge as you search for the next word scribbled amongst the jumble of images. Kind of poetic, mostly a mess. Not for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Full of joy and grief, this spectacular, inventive graphic memoir tells two big stories —her father’s death and her struggle to get pregnant—while also telling smaller stories of her life so far: growing up, discovering herself, finding love, being a mother. The artwork bursts off the page, and the text is searching and funny and poetic. Here are some passages to give you a taste: The hospital has its night and its day clothes, but it is always the same season. The ghosts of canned soup and green Full of joy and grief, this spectacular, inventive graphic memoir tells two big stories —her father’s death and her struggle to get pregnant—while also telling smaller stories of her life so far: growing up, discovering herself, finding love, being a mother. The artwork bursts off the page, and the text is searching and funny and poetic. Here are some passages to give you a taste: The hospital has its night and its day clothes, but it is always the same season. The ghosts of canned soup and green floor cleaner chase each other in revolutions down the hallway. The summer sun condenses, folds into the pink sky like meringue. Hey hibiscus! Peonie! Amaryllis! you’ve got nothing on me! everything is OK! Maraschino! Barbra Streisand turns my heart into a cherry blossom coloring the air with her voice like confetti. Issuing urgent demands about parades and I obey Our days unroll in reliable sadness, ordinary and comforting as freshly washed dish cloths Las Vegas never stops winking at you. You never know how she really feels but you relish the attention. Machines without feelings eat your money and turn the desert green. The strip is as wide as a highway, but there is nothing underneath any surface. The whole place levitates. Trick is to get out before you notice, while you are still dazed, still in love

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tammi Playano

    I don't even know where to begin with this review. Spector's work is pure nectar - strong and sweet with a poignant sting. The art is alarming and breathtaking. Just when I thought I had figured it out and experienced all there was to experience on a page, something new would jump out at me. The story is fantastic but that doesn't even matter. It's not about the story; it's all about the telling. And the artwork is not something you look at but something you dive right into and submerge in. Freak I don't even know where to begin with this review. Spector's work is pure nectar - strong and sweet with a poignant sting. The art is alarming and breathtaking. Just when I thought I had figured it out and experienced all there was to experience on a page, something new would jump out at me. The story is fantastic but that doesn't even matter. It's not about the story; it's all about the telling. And the artwork is not something you look at but something you dive right into and submerge in. Freakishly beautiful. Artful and compelling. Where has Ms. Spector been all this time. I've only just finished her first book and I'm already dying to read her next!! Maybe, I'll just go back and read this one again. And again. And again...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    When a writer offers long descriptions of people and places, my mind rarely forms a visual image from the text. Instead those words create an emotional mood – one that may not be completely faithful to the author’s intent. That’s one reason I enjoy books with drawings or photographs: the pictures offer me a different way to understand the story, letting me experience how the author/artist visualizes the characters and situations. This review features works for all ages that combine text and imag When a writer offers long descriptions of people and places, my mind rarely forms a visual image from the text. Instead those words create an emotional mood – one that may not be completely faithful to the author’s intent. That’s one reason I enjoy books with drawings or photographs: the pictures offer me a different way to understand the story, letting me experience how the author/artist visualizes the characters and situations. This review features works for all ages that combine text and images to enhance the readers’ enjoyment. See the rest of my review at https://www.thereportergroup.org/past...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lanie Tankard

    Here's my review from THE WOVEN TALE PRESS: https://www.thewoventalepress.net/202... Here's my review from THE WOVEN TALE PRESS: https://www.thewoventalepress.net/202...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Sackton

    I wrote a much more in-depth review of this amazing book in my newsletter: https://booksandbakes.substack.com/p/... Wow. I hardly know how to describe this book. It's a memoir about grief, loss, parenthood, infertility, queer relationships. The style is wild. It almost felt to me like I was reading a wholly new form of art. The story is nonlinear, and so is the art. Sometimes it took me several minutes to figure out how to read a page, in what order. Sometimes it felt circular. Sometimes I'd read I wrote a much more in-depth review of this amazing book in my newsletter: https://booksandbakes.substack.com/p/... Wow. I hardly know how to describe this book. It's a memoir about grief, loss, parenthood, infertility, queer relationships. The style is wild. It almost felt to me like I was reading a wholly new form of art. The story is nonlinear, and so is the art. Sometimes it took me several minutes to figure out how to read a page, in what order. Sometimes it felt circular. Sometimes I'd read a page in three different ways, and each time it would make sense, but in a slightly different way. None of this ever felt tedious, though. Every page felt like its own world, something to sit with and explore. I read it through once, slowly, but honestly I could have sat with it for days and days and not gotten to the bottom of the story. The art is beautiful, disturbing, strange, tender, explosive. So many things! It's a massive mess, in the best way. Sometimes the details of the story felt hazy--the order that certain things happened, the people in Spector's life. But the emotional depth was crystal clear. Everything about this work is visceral. It's the opposite of academic. It felt real and vital, which is fascinating, because it's also so technical and stylized. If you're looking for an unusual, challenging, and continually surprising reading experience, this is something special.

  9. 4 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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