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CR Holiday Interview #03 -- Geneviève Castrée | The Comics Reporter

CR Holiday Interview #03 -- Geneviève Castrée | The Comics Reporter | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Geneviève Castrée's book Susceptible was one of the strongest releases of 2013, and I am delighted that she acquiesced to speak with me about it. I hope after reading what follow that maybe one or two of you that hasn't yet will buy the book or at least make sure it gets on your general comics-reading radar. Susceptible is the story of Castrée's childhood with a specific focus on her relationship with members of her immediate family. Like many of the best memoirs, Susceptible offers up wave after wave of specific detail that both distinguishes and universalizes her youthful experiences. It also sports one of the best endings of any book this year

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Review: Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée | The Comics Journal

Review: Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée | The Comics Journal | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Reading Geneviève Castrée’s childhood memoir is not unlike watching someone pull at every one of their old scabs and scars, leaving themselves bleeding and torn. And I do mean every one, as Castrée chronologically documents every hurt, every slight, every refusal of affection, and every thoughtless maternal dismissal. A child tends to crave routine, affection, agency, and a certain solidity from her parents. From her single mother, Castrée apparently received a life of constantly shifting emotional quicksand. The relationship between the two, especially as Castrée grows older, is less mother/daughter than big sister/little sister. Only the big sister is in charge of her younger sibling and authority has gone to her head, as she uses her position to severely punish her younger sister for any personal slight. Castrée is never given any choices or agency, no matter how small.

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Geneviève Castrée: The Impossibility of Autobiography | Hazlitt

Geneviève Castrée: The Impossibility of Autobiography | Hazlitt | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Her publisher Drawn & Quarterly describes Susceptible as Geneviève Castrée’s “debut” graphic novel, which is true enough, but don’t assume she’s a rookie: it follows a string of shorter comics, numerous recordings under the bandonyms Woelv and Ô PAON, and appearances in various gallery shows. And one ofSusceptible’s central themes is that she was never allowed to be a novice for very long. The use of nicknames for major characters (the protagonist is called “Goglu,” for example) and fragmentary narrative muddy her story’s autobiographical aspects a little without obscuring its stark details.

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Pamplemoussi by Geneviève Castrée « The Hooded Utilitarian

Pamplemoussi by Geneviève Castrée « The Hooded Utilitarian | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Since her almost wordless beginnings in 2000 with Lait frappé (milk-shake – L’Oie de Cravan) and Die Fabrik (the factory – Reprodukt) that Geneviève Castrée showed little inclination towards the orthodox storytelling so prevalent in the comics industry. Her comics are dreamlike, mysterious, symbolic, barely narrative....Pamplemoussi is a large square book (obviously, it has the form and size of the vinyl LP record that comes with it – or is it the other way around?).

 
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The Geneviève Castrée Interview | The Comics Journal

The Geneviève Castrée Interview | The Comics Journal | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Geneviève Castrée is a Quebec-born cartoonist and musician whose gorgeous, carefully observed autobiographical graphic novel, Susceptible, was published in February by Drawn and Quarterly. In her comics as well as in her one-person music project, Ô Paon, Castrée’s sensibility is poignant but never maudlin, even when, as she does in Susceptible, she recounts complex and often painful moments from her childhood years, growing up in Quebec with a young single mother. Castrée, who now lives and works in the small Pacific Northwest town of Anacortes, WA, spoke with me recently over the phone about making art as a self-conscious person, the difficulties of writing truthfully about people close to you, and the relative virtues of walking away from conflict instead of resolving it.

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Geneviève Castrée is "Susceptible" - Comic Book Resources

Geneviève Castrée is "Susceptible" - Comic Book Resources | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Artist and musician Geneviève Castrée discusses her new book, Susceptible, an autobiographical story filled with the indelible moments of childhood that haunt or inspire long into adulthood.

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