Dotter of Her Father’s Eye
by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot; Dark Horse, $14.99
Bryan Talbot is an artist and writer I have a ton of respect for. His The Tale of One Bad Ratis one of the most impressive comics I’ve ever read, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting getting around to the copy of GrandvilleI have sitting on my to-read pile.
His new book, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, with Mary M. Talbot, sounds like it’s going to be pretty interesting. Here’s the solicitation info that Dark Horse posted on their site:
Part personal history, part biography, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes contrasts two coming-of-age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by the atmospheric visual storytelling of award-winning graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot. Produced through an intense collaboration seldom seen between writers and artists, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes is smart, funny, and sad–an essential addition to the evolving genre of graphic memoir.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of James Joyce (having only read, and not really enjoyed A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manin university, but I do like it when people try new things with the comics form, and I trust Talbot’s name enough to give it a try. I’m curious though – especially to see how the husband and wife collaborators work together.
So, what would you buy Were Money No Object?