Maybe an Artist, a Graphic Memoir by Elizabeth Montague TBR & Beyond Blog Tour ● Review

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Maybe an Artist, a Graphic Memoir by Elizabeth Montague TBR & Beyond Blog Tour ● Review

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Maybe an Artist, a Graphic Memoir by Elizabeth Montague TBR & Beyond Blog Tour ● ReviewMaybe An Artist, A Graphic Memoir by Liz Montague
Published on October 18, 2022 by Random House Children's Books
provided by Netgalley, TBR&Beyond
Pages: 176
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Genres: Young Adult Nonfiction / Art / Cartooning, Young Adult Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Art, Young Adult Nonfiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Social Topics

A heartfelt and funny graphic novel memoir from one of the first Black female cartoonists to be published in the New Yorker, when she was just 22 years old.

When Liz Montague was a senior in college, she wrote to the New Yorker, asking them why they didn't publish more inclusive comics. The New Yorker wrote back asking if she could recommend any. She responded: yes, me.

Those initial cartoons in the New Yorker led to this memoir of Liz's youth, from the age of five through college--how she navigated life in her predominantly white New Jersey town, overcame severe dyslexia through art, and found the confidence to pursue her passion. Funny and poignant, Liz captures the age-old adolescent questions of “who am I?” and “what do I want to be?” with pitch-perfect clarity and insight.

This brilliant, laugh-out-loud graphic memoir offers a fresh perspective on life and social issues and proves that you don’t need to be a dead white man to find success in art.

❧ Bookish Coven Rating

4 Stars

This was a highly relatable and very charming memoir to read!

Elizabeth begins her life story as all stories do: from her childhood. I saw myself in her younger self too, trying to find what her passion was. Journalism was the first one for her before settling on “Maybe an Artist”. The comic panels are charming and the art is lovely!! 

If you enjoy comics but memoirs isn’t your thing, please give this one a chance as it’s a lovely short read!!


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About Liz Montague

Liz Montague is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator whose work focuses on the intersection of self and social awareness. She began contributing to the New Yorker in 2019 as a cartoonist and has illustrated for the U.S. Open, Food Network, Google, and the Joe Biden presidential campaign. She’s been profiled by the Washington Post, ABC News, and Today, among other media outlets. Liz is the creator of the popular Liz at Large cartoon series, which previously ran in Washington City Paper, and is passionate about documenting social change and protest movements. This is her first book for children.

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