Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Story of My Tits

 Not mine personally.

I picked up Jennifer Hayden's THE STORY OF MY TITS expecting an autobiographical graphic novel about the artist's battle with breast cancer. Which is what the book is, but it's so much more than that. Hayden starts the book off in her pre-teen years, with a humorous look back at her when she was a flat-chested adolescent/teen. This long-form storytelling technique enables her to introduce the reader to the various important people in her life in a truly organic way, letting us get to know all of the players intimately before getting to the meat of the story.

 While Hayden's story has it's share of drama (The battles her mother and mother-in-law fought with breast and lung cancer, respectively, Hayden's own breast cancer later in life), it's also one of the most delightfully funny and honest autobiographical comics I've ever read, and it also has a wonderful love story at it's center. The romance between Jennifer and her husband is an inspiration- The strength and commitment they demonstrate in the face of adversity is admirable. They both seem like amazing people. Top Shelf have a real winner on their hands, and I commend publisher Chris Staros for bringing this amazing book, and a stellar new talent, to light. Highly recommended.

 Top Shelf provided a review copy.