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Title:
I'm not here / gg.
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Title Variants:
I am not here
ISBN:
9781927668498
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[Toronto] : Koyama Press, 2017.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Abstract:
"A young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self." --Publisher.
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Summary

A young, second-generation immigrant wanders through her city and memories, encountering the world through a camera's lens, her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.

This is a subtle, beautifully drawn work that recalls the cerebral, humanist science fiction of filmmakers such as Chris Marker and Miranda July mixed with the generational themes and unwavering hand of Yasujiro Ozu. GG's comics recall films in more than theme alone: her drawings, with their deep chiaroscuro and subtitle-like use of text, appear to be stills pulled from an enchanting and mysterious foreign film.

GG lives and works in the small Canadian prairie city where she grew up during the 1980s. In this pre-Internet era, isolated geographically and culturally, drawing and making up stories was the means to connect to something more. It was romantic and lonely. In 2016 she was included in The Best American Comics , edited by Roz Chast.


Author Notes

GG lives and works in the small Canadian prairie city where she grew up during the 1980s. In this pre-Internet era, isolated geographically and culturally, drawing and making up stories was the means to connect to something more. It was romantic and lonely. In 2016 she was included in The Best American Comics edited by Roz Chast.


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Library Journal Review

[DEBUT] At first glance, I'm Not Here seems like a slim volume-text captions are sparse, white space is prevalent, and panels are minimalist. However, newcomer GG's austerity belies an intensely complex work that follows a young woman caring for her aging parents. Interlaced with scenes of their lives together are memories of a troubled childhood, unexplained surrealist fragments, and a mysterious woman whose role seemingly has deeper meaning. There is no grounding narrative, no speech balloons or thought bubbles. Instead, words are presented below their corresponding panel in a black box in vignettes often separated by fully blacked-out panels that lend an episodic feel yet underscore the precision of the storytelling. The art is similarly ascetic; not a line is wasted, with the tightly controlled panels facilitating pacing, mood, and tension. A limited grayscale palette suits the illustrations and does a surprisingly good job of setting the tone. Verdict It takes some reflection to understand this book, but it is a gem for readers who are willing to engage with it.-E.W. Genovese, Andrew Bayne Memorial Lib., Pittsburgh © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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