Monica Friedman

Monica Friedman has a Dewey Decimal tattoo, a master's degree in creative writing, and 270° of floor to ceiling bookshelves in her home office. She left a lucrative career crafting web content for search engine optimization to throw her life away on starving artistry and has never been happier. Her passions include childhood literacy, dark chocolate, and macro photography, and she has been known to lecture strangers about race/class/gender/sexuality until her audience's eyes glaze over and they wander away. Monica lives with 1 husband, 2 stepkids, and a terrible cat in the dry heat of Tucson, Arizona. You can read short reviews of every book she's read since December 2006 at Dragon's Library and check out her original words and pictures on QWERTYvsDvorak.com. Twitter: @QWERTYvsDvorak

10 Graphic Memoirs for People Whose Parents Kept Secrets and Told Lies

Struggling with the knowledge that your parents didn't tell you the truth when you needed to hear it? These graphic memoirs prove you are not alone!

An Astounding Debut: THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM by KJ Kabza

An early reader of THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM discusses the collection's author, science fiction writer KJ Kabza, and his short stories.

Single Issues, Trades, and Binge Reading

Do single issues give you enough of a story, or do you need the longer arcs of trades?

On Jules Feiffer’s KILL MY MOTHER

If you love the children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth, you should check out Jules Feiffer's KILL MY MOTHER.

3 Endings and 1 Beginning: Bill Spinester’s ARIEL 51 Webcomic

As I mourn the ending of three favorite webcomics, Bill Spinester's ARIEL 51 promises to fulfill my need for weird science fiction graphic narrative.

A GAME FOR SWALLOWS and Anne Frank: Narratives of Hidden Children

Zeina Abirached and Anne Frank present two different views of children stuck inside during wartime.

What’s up with Baby Board Books?

What's the point of board books, other than giving babies something to chew on?

Promethea, or Global Enlightenment in 5 Trade Paperbacks

Why Alan Moore's Promethea is the superhero we need right now.

Celebrate Women in Horror Month with 41 Black Women Writers

Why you need to pick up a new anthology of horror poetry and short fiction from black women writers!

Is There a Time for Forgiveness?

Thoughts on forgiveness in relation to Desmond Tutu's The Book of Forgiving

Finding Lessons in Compassion in Children’s Books

On finding two important lessons of compassion in reading.

Don’t Give Up Until You Drink from the Silver Cup

On one author's choice to pull her book from publication.

No Context Given: Batman Is Totally Metal

No Context Given: Robin Gets Batman Good and Wet

Childhood Sexuality and Alan Moore

Monica looks at Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbe's LOST GIRLS and discusses the taboos within.

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