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PRODUCT: We Ate Wonder Bread
SIZE: 6.8" x 8.5"
MATERIALS: Paperback
AUTHOR: Nicole Hollander
This is a graphic memoir about a longtime syndicated cartoonist’s (Sylvia) mid-century Chicago childhood.

This is veteran cartoonist Hollander’s first long-form work; her coming-of-age story, starring the gangsters, the glamorous, the bed bugs, the (enviable) Catholic girls, the police, the jukebox, the fortune teller, and the blue Hudson—the family car, always at the ready for frequent drives into better neighborhoods. Not only does this illustrated memoir give insight into how Hollander developed her style and wit, it’s a chronicle of a Chicago community that has since disappeared into an expressway.

124 pages

Sex, cats, food, politics, and freedom are the inspirations for lifelong Chicagoan Nicole Hollander’s Sylvia, a nationally syndicated cartoon from 1980 to 2012. In the boys-only culture of 1970s Chicago comics, Hollander got her start in the feminist magazine, Spokeswoman. In the 1980s and nineties, Hollander’s scathing critiques of hypocrisy and sexism were interwoven with tender and hilarious riffs on the many pleasure of life with cats. Her work has been archived in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library at Ohio State University, alongside Roz Chast's, Bill Watterson's, and other greats. She has published fifteen books, and blogs at badgirlchats.com. She lives in Chicago.
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