- Posted by Johanna on October 9, 2006 at 8:54 am
- Category: Minicomics
- CREDITS: by Raina Telgemeier
Take-Out is earlier work, a minicomic series of seven issues focusing on everyday memories. As subjects jump around from simple observations to incidents with deep emotional punch, you realize how accomplished she is as an artist. Her curvy, confident line work demonstrates her confidence. The result is comfortable reading… which allows it to all the more easily sneak under your skin.
Her stories are well-chosen and well-told, too. She’s not telling you about her life because that’s all she knows to draw about; she’s selected memories that have a point or a punch (or both). Detail individualizes them, but they’re often common experiences shared by many, so it’s easy to sympathize. Whether it’s leaving a new hometown to share holidays with the parents or the cruelty of young girls to each other, she’s tackling big subjects with skill.
If you’re not sure whether to bother with her work, read Beginnings, an early story but still one of her best. It’s a powerful exploration in only three pages of how deeply she was affected by reading Barefoot Gen as a kid.