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Charming, innocent and empathetic� Rancourt passes the reader a gift: the ability to experience and see a venal adult life through the forgiving, blameless and easily-wounded eyes of a child.-Chris Ware, from his introductionIn 1980, Sylvie Rancourt and her boyfriend moved to Montreal from rural Northern Quebec. With limited formal education or training, they had a hard time finding employment, so Rancourt began dancing in strip clubs. These experiences formed the backbone of the first Canadian autobiographical comic book, Melody , which Rancourt wrote, drew, and distributed, starting in 1985. Later, she collaborated with the artist Jacques Boivin, who translated and drew a new series of Melody comics for the American market-the comics were an instant cult classic.
Until now, the Rancourt drawn-and-written comics have never been published in English. These stories are compelling without ever being voyeuristic or self-pitying, and her drawings are formally innovative while maintaining a refreshingly frank and engaging clarity. Whether she's divulging her first experiences dancing for an audience or sharing moments from her life at home, her storytelling is straightforward and never sensationalized. With a knowing wink at the reader, Rancourt shares a world that, in someone else's hands, might be scandalous or seedy, but in hers is fully realized, real, and often funny.
The Drawn & Quarterly edition of Melody, featuring an introduction by Chris Ware ( Building Stories ), places this masterpiece of early autobiographical comics in its rightful place at the heart of the comics canon.
Publisher: Montréal :, Drawn & Quarterly,, 2015
ISBN: 9781770462007
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Rancourt
Characteristics: 344 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Dascher, Helge 1965-- Translator


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Feb 19, 2016

I guess I was hoping for something about stripping and labour rights, or a schmaltzy story about leaving your crummy partner, or, like... some character development? It didn't go deeply enough into anything to work as a slice of life thing, and it didn't have enough narrative spine to work as a story, and she seemed super disgusted by sex workers who offered services she didn't offer...

Some nice bits, but it didn't amount to anything.

Dec 06, 2015

The drawings are childlike and the people make some dumb decisions, but overall I enjoyed the peek into the life of this sex worker.

Nov 16, 2015

Poorly drawn, dull dialogue, uninteresting story, pathetic and despicable characters.


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