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:
About the Artist
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
- Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution
- Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking is Anne Elizabeth Moore's reporting about international women's labor, turned into comics by the Ladydrawers collective
- Why We Drive: The Past, Present, and Future of Automobiles in America is Andy Singer's cartoon-embellished story of the corruption- and scandal-ridden history of the transportation system we take for granted
- Soviet Daughter
- Why We Drive
- On the Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC's Strand Bookstore is Greg Farrell's report on an organized labor struggle
- Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified US History is Mia Partlow and Michael Hoerger's research into declassified documents about such incidents as attempts to poison Castro's milkshake, illustrated by National Book Award winner Nate Powell
- Nine Gallons #2 contains true stories by Susie Cagle about activism gone awry
Comics Grab Bag
- Soviet Daughter
- DIY Screenprinting: How to Turn Your Home Into a T-Shirt Factory is John Isaacson's comics guide to the art and business
- My Life in a Jugular Vein: Three More Years of Snake Pit Comics contains the daily diary comics of Ben Snakepit
- Things are Meaning Less is Al Burian's comics account of being young and drinking coffee in Portland of yore
- Brainfag Forever (BFF) is Nate Beaty's comics memoir about life, love, work, and more
- Welcome to the Dahl House: Alienation, Incarceration, and Inebriation in the New American Rome is Ken Dahl's early comics work
- Henry & Glenn Forever is the greatest love story ever told!
- Shut Up and Love the Rain contains comics and zine-format stories by Robert Wildwood about queer love, having a transgender parent, and more
- Everything Dies #7 is Box Brown's trippy take on an ancient Sumerian flood myth
Women in Comics
- Soviet Daughter
- Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School is Lisa Wilde's tale of teaching at a second chance NYC high school
- Invincible Summer #1 is Nicole George's biographical comics that include vegan recipes, coffeeshop stories, zine workshops and more
- Invincible Summer #2 more of this good stuff
- Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick is a book of postcards that showcase the art of Cristy C. Road
- My Brain Hurts #2 is a gripping story of queer kids in NYC (we're nearly out of #1 which you can get separately here)
- Nine Gallons #2
All the Comics Ever!
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.
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