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A collection of short stories by Leela Corman, including devastating personal loss, teaching bellydancing classes, her family in World War II Poland, reports from an American bellydancer about life in post revolution Egypt, and more.

Leela Corman is an illustrator, cartoonist, and Middle Eastern dancer who lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband Tom Hart and their daughter, Molly Rose. Her works include Flimflam, Queen’s Day (Alternative Books), Subway Series (Alternative Books), and Unterzakhn (Schocken/Pantheon).

When I attended Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB) at the beginning of November, I came away with two books published by Retrofit/Big Planet that I had missed out on so far in 2016. The range of comics published by Retrofit/Big Planet is always rather diverse in style, tone and content, with the unifying factors seeming to be unique vision, commitment to story as communication between the creator and the reader, and independent art styles. The two books I picked up couldn’t be more different, and yet they both testify to those unifying elements listed above: We All Wish For Deadly Force and Hellbound Lifestyle .

We All Wish For Deadly Force is a collection of short comics by Leela Corman , some of the contained stories more long-form, and some as short as a single page. The media of the art ranges widely as well, from colored pencils, to inks, to black and white, to grey wash, showing Corman’s own flexibility in choosing format to suit narrative. You may be familiar with her powerful graphic novel, Unterzakhn from 2012. Some of the stories in this new collection are autobiographical and address her recent life, including grappling with PTSD following the loss of her young daughter and the impact of her second daughter’s birth and presence in her life.

When I realized the format of the comic would focus on a smartphone, I did genuinely wonder how the creators would manage to tell a wide-ranging enough story to keep me interested. I was overwhelmingly proven wrong since what we see presented in this volume is clearly only the tip of the iceberg in what could be narrated from our character’s life. Lifting details from the wallpaper of daily life in a city, the creators suddenly present those details in a new, absurd light. And you become convinced that the things we put up with every day are absurd and as the tide of absurdity rises, sometimes humor is the only recourse for survival.

These are ratings provided by customers who have purchased from this store in the past. Ratings may not relate to this exact product.

A collection of short stories by Leela Corman, including devastating personal loss, teaching bellydancing classes, her family in World War II Poland, reports from an American bellydancer about life in post revolution Egypt, and more.

Leela Corman is an illustrator, cartoonist, and Middle Eastern dancer who lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband Tom Hart and their daughter, Molly Rose. Her works include Flimflam, Queen’s Day (Alternative Books), Subway Series (Alternative Books), and Unterzakhn (Schocken/Pantheon).

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