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Recommended. By Nina Bunjevac. The jumping-off point of this graphic novel is the myth of Artemis and Siproites, in which a young man is turned into a woman as a punishment for the attempted rape of one of Artemis' virgin cohorts. Bunjevac's retelling follows a selfish young priestess, who is reborn as a young boy captivated with masterbation and one particular young woman. As an adult Benny comes across this former unrequited love...does he concoct a disturbing sex fantasy, or has he been seduced by her and her two lovely companions? In her stippled, highly detailed illustrative style, Bunjevac crafts a gripping noirish, Nabokovian tale--sensual and disturbing. Adult Material.

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The jumping-off point of this graphic novel is the myth of Artemis and Siproites, in which a young man is turned into a woman as a punishment for the attempted rape of one of Artemis' virgin cohorts. Bunjevac's retelling follows a selfish young priestess, who is reborn as a young boy captivated with masterbation and one particular young woman. As an adult Benny comes across this former unrequited love...does he concoct a disturbing sex fantasy, or has he been seduced by her and her two lovely companions? In her stippled, highly detailed illustrative style, Bunjevac crafts a gripping noirish, Nabokovian tale--sensual and disturbing.

The artwork here is superb, like a cross between the similar stipple technique of Virgil Finlay, and finely done woodcuts. How she captures people and atmosphere so perfectly is amazing. Her nudes are highly erotic.This is a very handsome, full sized hardcover, an exceptional production cover to cover.

Nina Bunjevac lives in Toronto where she draws and teaches. She was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada, in 1973 to Serbian immigrant parents from Yugoslavia. At age two her mother moved with her two daughters back to Zemun in Yugoslavia to get away from her radical Serbian nationalist husband Peter, who accidentally died in Toronto in 1977 while building a bomb with Rade Panić and Pavle Kljaić, who were also killed when the bomb exploded.

Bunjevac attended the Djordje Krstic School for Applied Arts. She returned to Toronto in 1990 where she attended the Central Technical School and graduated from OCAD in 1997. She worked as a painter, illustrator, and art teacher before turning to comics in pen and ink. Her comics have appeared in a number of international comics publications.

She won The Golden Pen of Belgrade at the 11th International Biennale of Illustration in Belgrade for her cover to the anthology Ženski strip na Balkanu ("Balkan Women in Comics"), which appeared in English in 2012 under the title Balkan Comics: Women on the Fringe.

Bunjevac's first collection of comics, Heartless, appeared in 2012. It won a Doug Wright Spotlight Award at the 2013 Doug Wright Awards. She followed with the memoir Fatherland in 2014, which won the 2015 Doug Wright Award for Best Book.

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Item Code BEZH
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781683962090
Adult Rating Adult Material
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 8x11
# Pages 248pg
Color b&w
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