Posts Tagged ‘adolescence’

Vanessa Davis

Published March 30, 2010 by Molly

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Anyone with an ideologically confusing adolescence won’t want to miss Vanessa Davis’“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”, a coming-of-age bat mitzvah tale rendered in comics (sample line: “My party didn’t have a theme, but we did have kind of a mean-spirited caricaturist.”)

Vanessa inked, colored and captioned a comics column for Tablet magazine for a little over a year, gathering a loyal base of fans along the way. In an interview with Jim Linderman she discusses that column as well as Archie comics, the influences of female cartoonists on her work, and her desires to decorate pots, design wallpaper, and more!

Keep yourself updated on Vanessa’s adventures and work here. We can’t wait to see where she’ll go next.

Johan Willner

Published March 23, 2010 by Graham

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Swedish photographer Johan Willner’s images of boyhood strike a strong emotional chord. His work deftly emulates the social uncertainty and ambiguous violence that often come coupled with the inevitably awkward stage of pre-adolescence. It’s that time in your life when you just want to turn invisible, but no matter what you do it feels like everyone’s looking at you. These could be still frames from a surreal film about evolving familial relationships and uncomfortable father-son moments. “What did you do?” the adults in Willner’s Boy Stories seem to be asking with their accusatory glances. “I don’t know, what did I do?” thinks the viewer, along with the boy who honestly can’t figure it out.

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An Ocean Tumbled By

Published September 2, 2009 by Graham

Every child needs an adventure of some kind. The process of becoming an adult is predicated on exercises in independence, facing up to intimidating circumstances, and finding out what it means to be alone. Laura Dekker is simply ahead of the curve. It’s easy to forget what being 13 can be like, and that it’s not the same for everyone. Unfortunately, grown ups’ instinct to protect the young often comes coupled with a proclivity for patronization. Here’s to Laura, and let’s hope she gets a chance to sail off through night and day, in and out of weeks and almost a year to wherever her journey takes her.