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Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt - The big mess  August 29, 2013 – 00:01

leavitt-big-mess-small 7 Desirée Löffler | May 2013 | Desirée Loeffler |

An equally beautiful as painful autobiographical comic from Canada

At the end of this graphic novel, subtitled 'Alzheimer's, my mother and I, "I have found myself in a strange situation: Like a castle dog howling, determined for ten minutes, while I is not like that, and at the same time with the very safe feeling that it tears me not to stand, and finally it is not about my family and not a fiction, but one that lives somewhere in Eastern Canada and all that has experienced something like this not long ago. And, anyway. I feel as if Sarah Leavitt made me a tiny fraction of her family.

I've often thought that no other medium for autobiographies and memoirs seem to be so good as the graphic novel, a comic book author. In a book he gives us the space forced us to make our own pictures to give an individual expression to the characters. On a movie, even a documentary on the other hand, many other people are involved, so it's not quite as subjective and personal. In addition, a document shows less subjective, as the author (or in the case filmmakers) sees the people around him, but rather how they actually behave.School grade 1 The graphic novel allows its creators an incredible subjectivity, and when an author uses, then we readers painfully close to his story approach.

Sarah Leavitt uses it. In her first graphic novel The big mess (Original Title: Tangles), she tells of Alzheimer's disease, her mother and how her family deals with it. Above all, it portrays this family.still a wise mother-daughter story After only a few pages long before the first signs of the disease occur, you have the feeling to know them, or at least yet to know what makes them tick. A fallacy of course. We know how Sarah Leavitt thinks that they tick. And it's hard to escape the love with which she portrays the members of their family, even when she describes her weaknesses.a favorite

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Leavitt's drawings are not polished like the one Craig Thompson or a typical Marvel Comics, they are rather the underground comics of the 70's close: spidery black and white appearance, occasional paper cut, the panels are arranged purely functional and not at all in the service a side aesthetics, for example, how to know it from manga, and the characters are little more than stick figures. Above all, they have stick figure faces: two dots for eyes, four strokes for eyebrows, nose and mouth. But with these four strokes covers Sarah Leavitt from the whole range of human emotions without ever striking. I did not realize that this is possible.

Told The big mess of Sarah Leavitt's perspective. They are this time in relation to the narrative dialogue unusual amount of space, and overall the comic has a lot of text. This is no coincidence, because that tells the story almost single-handedly, while the drawings focus on the emotions. In the text, we learn what happened and what Sarah Leavitt each busy. But the picture we learn Leavitt family know.

The big confusion is an honest, almost ruthlessly honest book about a disease like an earthquake leaves no stone unturned, about relationships that shift, about responsibility and guilt, and especially over the release. Above all, it is so loving and strong portrait of a family, where you can have while reading, moving for a few hours, sometimes.

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