Cover image for Tomboy : a graphic memoir
Title:
Tomboy : a graphic memoir
Author:
Prince, Liz, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Francisco, California : Zest Books, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
255 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781936976553
Format :
Book

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Summary

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher's mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. Tomboy is a graphic novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu. A memoir told anecdotally, Tomboy follows author and zine artist Liz Prince through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to "be a girl." From staunchly refuting anything she perceived as being "girly" to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, regardless of your gender, Tomboy is as much humorous and honest as it is at points uncomfortable and heartbreaking.


Author Notes

Liz Prince has been a comic artist and a self-publisher since she was in high school in the mid-1990s. In 2005, her book Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? was published by Top Shelf Productions; it won an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut. Tomboy is her first full-length graphic novel, a memoir about adolescence and gender stereotypes. She has published comics in numerous anthologies, drawn stories for the wildly popular Adventure Time series, and is a columnist for the punk magazine Razorcake .


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Is there any grade-school struggle more defining than the desire to fit in? In her first full-length graphic novel, award-winning comics artist Prince tells the story of her lifelong battle with gender stereotypes through the lens of her tomboy childhood, marked by a preference for male role models, slouchy oversize clothes, and some serious bullying. As a kid, Prince chafed at femininity Given the chance, I'd much rather wield a sword than wear a tiara but her offbeat choices made it hard for her to find friends or a boyfriend. She starts to believe that her disinterest in being girly is what makes her unlikable, and soon she feels embarrassed by being a girl altogether. Luckily, she eventually finds a group of people who appreciate her differences and don't expect her to act a particular way just because she is a girl. Prince's tongue-in-cheek black-and-white line drawings, in a charming style reminiscent of Jeffrey Brown's autobiographical comics, pack a punch in this empowering memoir that should have ample appeal for any kid who feels like an outsider.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Comics creator Prince (Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?) makes her YA debut with a candid graphic memoir about growing up resisting all forms of girliness. Early on, Liz's family supports her wardrobe choices (blazers and baseball caps) and her interest in Little League; her schoolmates are merely puzzled. When she arrives at middle school, though, the pressure starts to build. Girlfriends whose sexuality is beginning to develop leave her behind or use her as a prop, and boys bully her relentlessly: "Loser dykes spotted in the wild!" Liz resists becoming a sexual being, and Prince's artwork resists sexuality, too; the cast is a series of endearing, childlike figures (even when they're smoking). A running visual expresses Liz's attempts to negotiate predetermined gender roles by marking out a figure that resists the standard bathroom-door symbols for "male" and "female." Prince's most important revelation-that in dressing like a boy, "I subscribed to the idea that there was only one form of femininity and that it was inferior to being a man"-gives readers space to question their own acquiescence to gender stereotypes. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Boys in skirts, girls in shirts and ties: we associate such gender nonconformity with same-sex attraction. But young Liz didn't even conform to that assumption. Refusing anything traditionally feminine, dressing like a boy, liking sports and Battle Beasts toys and lizards, she hit puberty by falling in love with guys like her girlier classmates did. Done in simple, clean-line sketchbook-style black-and-white drawings, the memoir follows Liz through a childhood and adolescence of speed bumps: teasing, bullying, ostracism, relationships gone sour, and self-doubt. But maturing with parental acceptance, Liz does find adult and peer supporters and eventually a tribe of friends who accept her on her own terms. Prince (Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?) skillfully and sometimes humorously uses iconic images to illustrate gender stereotypes, employing Cathy cartoons, Superman images, and bathroom signs showing a skirted figure. She also counsels via an imaginary time machine a girl in a magazine. VERDICT A real slash and burn of gender stereotypes, this title delivers a unique message for both teens and adults about finding your own way despite cultural conventions. Fans of Jeffrey Brown's autobiographical comics will also enjoy it. Occasional F-bombs.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Prince knew from an early age that she was not a typical girl. The only pictures of her in a dress were from when she was a baby and could not protest. She hates dresses and all things "girly." Fortunately, she had supportive parents who did not force her into traditional gender roles and who let her wear the kinds of clothing she wanted. Most of Prince's friends were boys, and her fantasies and playtime were devoted to being a hero, not a princess. Her wardrobe choices made her the target of ridicule and bullying in Boston and in Santa Fe, where her family moved when she was in early elementary school. In their first neighborhood, most of her friends were boys, but she found some girlfriends after the family moved. It was the first time she found girls with similar interests in comics and Ghostbusters, and it was also when she realized that she did not want to be a boy but, rather, wanted the freedom that came with being one. Meeting a good friend of her mother's, who encouraged her talent and interest in comics, and transferring to a very small, highly experimental high school helped her become comfortable with her choice as a tomboy. Although Prince has created a work that will affirm the choices of tomboys, the black-and-white illustrations show little variation among characters, and the text is sometimes difficult to read. The chronology is also confusing, as Prince often jumps from childhood to adolescence in the space of one frame and then jumps back to childhood again. Purchase where graphic novel memoirs are in demand.-Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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