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November 29, 2010

Go, Read: LAT Profiles Joyce Farmer

imageIt's hard to be an unquestioning fan of big-media entity artist profiles. Many depend on formula, while others may prove over-attentive to the PR opportunities embodied by such pieces. This one of Joyce Farmer over on the LA Times deserves a pass. It's difficult to maintain one's general media cynicism when hearing about and from a 71-year-old underground legend landing back into comics consciousness based on the power and appeal of a work she was driven to do for deeply personal reasons long after there was any expectation for her to create such a work. The decline and death of elderly parents is an important issue, too, one that comics may be uniquely effective in exploring due to its twin skills of representing idiosyncratic detail and creating avenues for readers to project themselves into someone else's story.
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