We Ate Wonder Bread (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

Nicole Hollander is best known for her syndicated comic strip, Sylvia. Her work has been archived in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library at Ohio State University, alongside Roz Chast’s, Bill Watterson’s, and other greats.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.

Praise For…

Where on earth did this sharp, outspoken feminist, leftist cartooning genius of socially conscious sarcasm come from? Her new book, We Ate Wonder Bread, offers a full-color answer.

— Chicago Tribune

We Ate Wonder Bread is a hilarious, heartfelt excavation of a lost Chicago, as well as a perfect introduction to Hollander’s trademark wit and style.

— Chicago Review of Books

Hollander started her strip in the late 1970s, when 'a woman cartoonist was an oxymoron,' but her scribbly characters, collaged with photos and mixed-media backdrops, and her raw, chatty honesty feel as contemporary as any Jezebel article.

— Publishers Weekly

Get comfortable, because you’re not going to be able to put this book down until you’ve finished it.
— Alison Bechdel

Nicole Hollander’s cartoons are always spot on politically and of course, quite funny. She is in a league of her own.
— Indie Wire
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683960102
ISBN-10: 1683960106
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 124
Language: English