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Hot Comb av Ebony Flowers
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Hot Comb (utgåvan 2019)

av Ebony Flowers (Författare)

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An auspicioius debut examining the culuture of hair from the Rona Jaffe Foundation award-winning cartoonistHot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story "Hot Comb" is about a young girl's first perm - a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming "too white" in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In "Virgin Hair" taunts of "tender-headed" sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. The story "My Lil Sister Lena" traces the stress resulting from being the only black player on a white softball team. Her hair is the team curio, an object to touched, a subject to be discussed and debated at the will of her teammates, leading Lena to develop an anxiety disorder of pulling her own hair out. Among the series of cultural touchpoints that make you both laugh and cry, Flowers recreates classic magazines ads idealizing women's needs for hair relaxers and product. "Change your hair form to fit your life form" and "Kinks and Koils Forever" call customers from the page.Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking. Flowers began drawing comics while earning her PhD, and her early mastery of sequential storytelling is nothing short of sublime. From her black and white drawings to her color construction paper collages, Hot Comb is a propitious display of talent from a new cartoonist who has already made her mark.… (mer)
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First, I can be superficial with graphic novels at times. The art style here is not visually-appealing, and the cursive writing is a pain to read. However, the art style in “Big Ma” didn’t look too bad. I think it’s the boldness of the lines and the faces that turn me off.

Anyway, Hot Comb features nuanced short stories all involving black hair in some shape or form (though some focus on it more than others). I understood the hot comb struggle all too well. By the time you finish one side, the other has crinkled up.

Still, I’m not really sure of what to make of this collection. Some of the stories feel unsettling like the one where the sister continually pulls out her hair. The one with the former “crackhead” sister just went nowhere. I get the little girl was having fun being carefree, wearing her grandma’s wigs, but what was the point? On the other hand, in "Sisters & Daughters" even though there was no real story, I just love seeing the aunt part the sections of hair and spray water. Just loved it.

Still, I also enjoy the straightforwardness of everything. I think the last comic “Angola” was my favorite.

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  DestDest | Oct 18, 2020 |
The graphic novel universe is now FINALLY expanding beyond manga and white dudebros. This one centers around black girls and women and their fraught hair lives. In eight enjoyable tales, Flowers covers perms, swim team, hair being done in a park, in Angola, and in a salon. Identifiable by black women, teachable for white women, pleasurable for all women. Men probably won't get it, but there's the Barbershop movies for them. ( )
  froxgirl | Nov 19, 2019 |
Literary Merit: Fine
Characterization: Fine
Recommend: Not really
Level: High School

Interesting collection of short stories that took different views of how hair affect women’s lives and relationships. Good for readers who like different graphic novel formats about realistic portrayals of teens. Would fit well into diverse book lists. However I didn’t like the illustration styles of the graphic novel and found the text difficult to read ( )
  SWONroyal | Sep 3, 2019 |
A captivating glimpse of African American women and their hair as well as their relationships with their mothers, sisters and friends. This book is a great companion piece to Americanah, though better than that book for being concise and focused. The art has a rough and unrefined quality, but I quickly warmed to it. Recommended. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2019 |
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An auspicioius debut examining the culuture of hair from the Rona Jaffe Foundation award-winning cartoonistHot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story "Hot Comb" is about a young girl's first perm - a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming "too white" in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In "Virgin Hair" taunts of "tender-headed" sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. The story "My Lil Sister Lena" traces the stress resulting from being the only black player on a white softball team. Her hair is the team curio, an object to touched, a subject to be discussed and debated at the will of her teammates, leading Lena to develop an anxiety disorder of pulling her own hair out. Among the series of cultural touchpoints that make you both laugh and cry, Flowers recreates classic magazines ads idealizing women's needs for hair relaxers and product. "Change your hair form to fit your life form" and "Kinks and Koils Forever" call customers from the page.Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking. Flowers began drawing comics while earning her PhD, and her early mastery of sequential storytelling is nothing short of sublime. From her black and white drawings to her color construction paper collages, Hot Comb is a propitious display of talent from a new cartoonist who has already made her mark.

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