Staff Picks (January): Brazen GN

I’ve got a fun trivia fact for you that may blow your mind.  Did you know that feminism is not a new idea developed by so-called millennial snowflakes?  Did you know that women have been kicking butt, taking names, shaking things up, and not accepting "no" for an answer all over the world for thousands of years?  Guess what?  That is all true, and in Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, you get the chance to meet a few of the fierce females who have left their mark on history.  Crafted with a passion for her subjects that comes jumping off the page, Penelope Bagieu presents a collection of 30 short illustrated biographies of women who dared to distance themselves from the status quo. 

With a list of subjects that range from Las Mariposas who dared to stand up against Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, to Lozen a 19th century Apache warrior and shaman, to fellow comic writer Tove Jasson, each brightly colored short reads like a historical love letter from Bagieu thanking these women for their contributions to the worlds of science, politics, athletics, activism, and so much more.  Like a Hamilton: An American Musical for the eyes, the modern telling of the life stories of these ladies is simply delightful to take in, as it enchants and educates you, and most importantly leaves you wanting to know more. 

If you want to know about more wonderfully brazen women who did not throw away their shots, pick up Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World in stores just in March 2018 just in time for Women’s History Month.

—Megan Cosman

Publisher: First Second
Item Code: JAN181694
Release Date: 3/7/18
SRP: $17.99

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Staff Picks (January): A Fire Story

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