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The comics memoir of Lola, a free-spirited Jewish secretary for the secret police in the Soviet Ukraine.
The comics memoir of Lola, a free-spirited Jewish secretary for the secret police in the Soviet Ukraine.
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Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution by Julia Alekseyeva

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History, empathy, and comics—what better tools could you ask for in weathering turbulent times? Soviet Daughter, Julia Alekseyeva's debut full-length comics work about the political spirit and family ties of two strong women finding their way in an often hostile world, fits the bill.

An "incredible tale of pluck, joy, and hard-fought survival." —Publisher's Weekly

About the Book

Soviet Daughter is the story of Lola, a feminist and free spirit who witnessed a tremendous span of history during her 100 years on earth. Through Lola's eyes, we see the Russian Revolution, a pogrom, and two world wars. We also see Lola's everyday life in the Soviet Ukraine, from her many loves to her secretarial job for the NKVD (the precursor to the KGB), from raising children in wartime to living as a refugee. 

Lola's life is evocatively and expressively drawn by her great-grand-daughter, comics artist Julia Alekseyeva. The resulting 192-page nonfiction graphic novel, Soviet Daughter, comes out in January, 2017 from Microcosm Publishing. 

These pages from the book should give you the flavor of it:

Page 47
Page 47

 

Page 73: A communist wedding night
Page 73: A communist wedding night

 

Page 125
Page 125
 
Page 186
Page 186
 

About the Artist

Julia and Lola
Julia and Lola

Julia Alekseyeva is a cartoonist, illustrator, and all-around go-getter who lives in Brooklyn. She was born in the Soviet Ukraine, where her book is set, and grew up in Chicago after her family fled the after-effects of Chernobyl. When she isn't drawing, painting, teaching university film classes, and translating texts and subtitling movies in Japanese, French, and Russian, she is working on a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard. You may have seen her in the news for her work drawing the first ever comics-format amicus brief to be submitted to the US Supreme Court, in USA v. Apple. Soviet Daughter is her first published book.

About the Publisher

 

Microcosm Publishing is based in Portland, Oregon and has been in business for 21 years. Our mission is to publish and distribute books and zines that put your power in your hands. About a fifth of our publications are comics, and Soviet Daughter is a dream book for us—a compelling, empowering, feminist story that is beautifully drawn with a well-plotted narrative and a strong connection with current events and political movements. We love it, and we think you will, too. When you back this project, you'll make it possible to put out this book and keep doing this work well into the future. 

All of our books are printed in the USA.

About Your Rewards

For this project, we are going to load you up with comics! Microcosm has been publishing comics aka graphic novels/memoirs/journalism aka sequential art nearly since we started. Our range is as big as our love for the art form, and we're excited to offer it to you!

Soviet Daughter - the main event! You can opt to have your book signed and personalized by Julia.

Comics Power Pack

 

Comics Journalism

 

Comics Grab Bag

 

Women in Comics

 

All the Comics Ever!

All of the above! Plus Snake Pit 2007 and 2008! You'll have your 2017 cut out for you.

 

Risks and challenges

Soviet Daughter is written, drawn, edited, produced, queued up and ready to go! Many years of effort have gone into producing this work, and the author funded part of the work in a previous Kickstarter project called The Soviet, which was successfully funded and fulfilled. Now that the book is done and ready for publication, we just need you, excited readers.

Thank you!

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    Learn about the world with this sixpack of nonfiction comics that reveal history and motivate action. Includes Soviet Daughter, Threadbare, On the Books, Why We Drive, Edible Secrets, and Nine Gallons #2.

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    We've put out a huge variety of stuff that could fall under the "sequential art" banner over the years. Here's a pack that shows the scope and humor, including Soviet Daughter, DIY Screenprinting, My Life in a Jugular Vein, Things are Meaning Less, Brainfag Forever, Welcome to the Dahl House, Henry & Glenn Forever, Shut Up and Love the Rain, and Everything Dies.

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    Get inspired with this huge stack of comics and graphic novels by and about women, across genres. Includes Soviet Daughter, Threadbare, Yo Miss, Invincible Summer #1 and #2, My Brain Hurts #2, Nine Gallons #2, and Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick.

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