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Comics: New Artist Alert… Hazel Newlevant

Published On November 2, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, News

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Always a pleasure to share someone new with you. Although the thanks for the pickup here belong to Heidi (everyone together now …. thanks Heidi!).

Hazel Newlevant is an American cartoonist whose Ci Vediamo won a Xeric Grant in 2012 and was recently awarded the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. She’s worked for Top Shelf and Dark Horse, and is currently the co-lead editor of the digital comics magazine INK.

Over at her site she reviews events, usually gigs, but the thing that pulled Heidi to her site was the review of the Alison Bechdel musical. Yes, there’s an Alison Bechdel musical. Here’s a little of what Newlevant had to say…

“Reviewing a musical is new territory for me, but since Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is one of my all-time favorite comics, I was eager to check out the stage adaption now running at The Public Theater—featuring music by Jeanine Tesori, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Since I couldn’t take photographs in the theater, the life-drawing approach turned out to be invaluable.

Theater serves the recursive structure of Fun Home well. Adult Alison is revisiting and processing her youth as she draws her memoir, so she remains onstage to comment on the action as a Greek chorus-type figure. I went with my parents, and have it on their authority that the show was as delightful and understandable—even without having read the book.”

Some lovely figure work in these reviews, a looseness that lets the music come through in the perception of movement, a capturing of the kinetic on stage action in the potential energy of the artwork. Lovely stuff, definitely one to keep an eye on!

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Other work on her site includes…

If This Be Sin (2013): 2013. 16-page comic based on the life of Gladys Bentley. Prism Comics Queer Press Grant winner. Available as a PDF download from Gumroad.

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Mariposa (2013): 40-page minicomic with silkscreened covers. Co-written, lettered, and toned by Jesse ReklawOrder here.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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