Miseryland

Miseryland Includes volumes of the series Powdered Milk Publisher s Weekly Roberts shares her life as a mother living with a young child just learning to push boundaries in this collection of her Ignatz Awa

  • Title: Miseryland
  • Author: Keiler Roberts
  • ISBN: 9781507804
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • Includes volumes 9 15 of the series Powdered Milk Publisher s Weekly Roberts shares her life as a mother living with a young child just learning to push boundaries in this collection of her Ignatz Award nominated Powdered Milk minicomics With this strong entry in the autobiographical comic genre, Roberts is unafraid to show herself looking bad, such as when she s frustIncludes volumes 9 15 of the series Powdered Milk Publisher s Weekly Roberts shares her life as a mother living with a young child just learning to push boundaries in this collection of her Ignatz Award nominated Powdered Milk minicomics With this strong entry in the autobiographical comic genre, Roberts is unafraid to show herself looking bad, such as when she s frustrated when her daughter, Xia, calls her only to find out it s to say I love you In the comic s best pages, Roberts and Xia struggle with toilet training That already happened, Xia beams when she is warned to keep her butt out of the bowl , and Xia abuses her swearing privileges The linework on the characters is detailed while retaining a sketchiness for backgrounds that makes the figures feel raw, rather than polished The simple, direct art makes for an intimate, personal journey through Roberts s life as a mother and creator Alex Hoffman, Sequential State, 5 June, 2015 Roberts comics primarily explore her relationship with her daughter Xia and husband Scott, as well as her interactions with friends and extended family These are classic slice of life comics, and Roberts uses sometimes panels, sometimes full pages to capture the essence of certain moments Xia is growing up and learning about the world around her, and the strange internal logic of toddlers gives Miseryland much of its charm Slice of life comics can often be cute or endearing, but Miseryland is funny, laugh out loud funny, mostly due to the inanities and bad behaviors of its youngest cast member and Roberts deadpan reactions Importantly, Roberts isn t writing a kids say the darndest things comic as panels and pages fall into place throughout Miseryland, these small stories paint a picture of Roberts as a melancholy, anxious mother living with bipolar disorder and trying to find the best way to raise her daughter Xia is oftentimes the access point to these feelings, pointing out the hidden in ways that make it seem obvious Miseryland isn t a tell all, either even when things like Roberts miscarriage come up, the stories told are a remembering than an exposure We find Roberts at high and low points throughout the book, and while these moments coalesce into a larger vision, Miseryland has time to explore the way creative processes and personal time are changed after you have children Some of these comics are certainly a part of the book because Xia wasn t napping when Roberts was drawing, just as some are there to illustrate Roberts fears and frustrations printed with the assistance of Koyama Press

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    1. That's right, that's exactly what 4-year-olds do, I had completely forgotten about that And that, too oh, and that. Wow. I mean, how weird and fascinating! Well, at least when depicted by autobiographical cartoonist, comics teacher and young mother Keiler Roberts.What I like most about Keiler Roberts' approach to cartooning is that it feels completely unique: it has its own rhythm, its own sense of style, layout, structure, and humor. It is unconventional yet more in tune with how I really feel [...]

    2. Anhedonia and ParentingThis is a collection of comics culled from Roberts' Powdered Milk, which you can view here keilerroberts.tumblr/post/ see if the style and topic interests you; it is followed by a review by sequentialstate:Roberts was nominated for 2014 Ignatz Best Story and Best Series for some of her work in Powdered Milk, and in Miseryland she includes a few panels on why it is she couldn't go. And a few extras to make it appear more like a sequential graphic memoir, I'd say.I decided t [...]

    3. Keiler Roberts draws tales of her small family, most particularly the funny things that her daughter Xia says. This was a nice-ish read, but I would have enjoyed less meandering & more context.

    4. Keiler Roberts is just the best. I'd read most of this online already (on her own website and via Mutha Magazine), but the material stands up to return visits. Highly recommended to anyone who spends time around small children.

    5. One of the things that stands out in Keiler Robert's Powdered Milk series is its fragmented, episodic representation of her lifech like the lived experience.

    6. I enjoyed this book a lot! The art's a little sparing, but the writing and comedic timing are excellent.

    7. I was just at a social gathering and my husband and I started describing the various comics from this book to each other and laughing so much that everyone stopped talking to us and so we went home.

    8. Everyday life as a Mom. We think it’s boring, but sometimes you have to giggle at the moments.I enjoy the addition of brutally true conversations with friends and her husband.Good read.

    9. loved it! Great if you are really down or suffering from a mental disorder and need something to laugh to.

    10. Do you want to be a parent? Do you want to be a person? Do you want to ntinue going on living in the world? Well, so do I. So does Keiler Roberts. But a lot of times it is very boring or tedious or momentarily beautiful and so.r-ending. There is a lot of poop and a lot of bathtimes, some walks, and a few holidays. It is not very cute. She is likedy John Porcellino, with a kid, and probably some different life philosophies. But her straightforward, subtle, and somehow surreptitiously deeply emoti [...]

    11. I'm fairly new to the Keiler Roberts fan club, but I'm all in now. I found myself laughing in that way that you laugh when you fully understand the tedium, repetition, exhaustion and annoyance of raising young kids that isn't often acknowledged. Then I'd show the comic to my wife, and she'd laugh the same way.

    12. This collection of vignettes is so beautiful, funny, and real. I was reading this in my kitchen and was laughing out loud so much that my roommate came over to investigate and was so captivated that he stood there with me and read it over my shoulder. I couldn't put in down. So good!!

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