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[Read] ➱ Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir ➹ Tom Hart – Submitsites.info Until you experience it there is no way to really conceptualize what it feels like to lose a child Really there s no way to conceptualize losing a loved one period until you ve gone through it I think that s because of all the emotions we experience grief is the one that is truly the most personal and thus subjective No one grieves in exactly the same way I know there are supposed to be stages and we all cry of course but the way we experience and express loss and grief strikes me as unique Until you experience it there is no way to really conceptualize what it feels like to lose a child Really there s no way to conceptualize losing a loved one period until you ve gone through it I think that s because of all the emotions we experience grief is the one that is truly the most personal and thus subjective No one grieves in exactly the same way I know there are supposed to be stages and we all cry of course but the way we experience and express loss and grief strikes me as unique to the individual as a finger print Tom Hart, the author of this unique, bleak memoir, lost his beloved daughter Rosalie before she turned two years old One day he was reveling in the bright chaos only a toddler can create and the next day she was gone Hart and his wife spend the majority of the book in a gloom shrouded quest for answers Why was Rosalie taken How long will they feel the pain of her passing What do they do now That they know they will never find any answers makes their story all thegut wrenching for the reader They travel to a grief retreat and spend weeks staying with friends around the country but they do it in a haze, like zombies going through the motions of a half remembered former life Everything is a reminder of what they ve lost or a portent they should have recognized that might have saved her A great deal of the story s impact derives from Hart s focus on the little things The frustration of trying to sell their apartment is a major focus in the narrative and ends up being a powerful symbol of the helplessness and sense of losing all control of their lives they re already experiencing He notes the first time he touches a child after Rosalie s dies, the first night he doesn t sleep with her picture under his pillow, the first book he brings himself to read He writes about the dreams he and his wife and even their friends have about Rosalie Hart s art work is as bleak as the story he s sharing His grief is black and white and full of people with empty eyes standing in perpetual, inky shadow Hart and his wife seem to almost disappear at times into dark, scratched out portraits so distorted its occasionally hard to make out their features Rosalie is the only character ever depicted in a joyful way She is fat and full of smiles and surrounded by light the way she will doubtless remain in the memories of her parents There s an unfinished feel to many of the scenes like they re being recalled from a half remembered dream or as if they re meant to convey the fading of memories over time.This is not one of those books that you review and say it made me want to hold my children and never let them go It almost feels like it would insulting to say that when discussing such a raw and uncensored portrait of pain I have trouble with any literature that focuses on terrible things happening to children but this was not one of those reads Perhaps because it is not a story about what happened to Rosalie Its a story of two lives torn to pieces by her death I can relate to the fear of losing a child but as Hart says toward the end of the story the worst thing that could possibly happen to him has already happened so I didn t feel fear or even anxiety for my own children because he is past that point The horrible thing, the death of his child, has already happened It doesn t get any worse because it can t.This is probably one of the most profound things I ve read in a long time This is grief turned into poetry and goofy cartoons of a bubbly child with bright smiles who loved My Neighbor Totoro and watching turtles and doing water color Can there be a stronger testament to how much this man loved his child then sharing the pain her leaving him caused Because that s what this book is really about The indescribable love of a parent for his child seen through the sorrow of the aftermath of her death The saddest love story I think I ve ever read A very emotional graphic novel This book is an homage from the author to his dead daughter that die when she was almost 2 years old All in simplicity the author goes through the even and his grief process Very touching and beautiful at the same time Sad but worth reading The grief in this book tore out my heart The tears were streaming down my face, but the emotion can never compare to what Tom Hart and his wife went through after the sudden and unexpected death of their daughter Rosalie The author reflects on his memories of his daughter during the last few weeks of her little life All the things she said, her drawings, the events she was apart ofall the accumulative retrospect that leads to crippling what if s, regret, and guilt I can t imagine my son n The grief in this book tore out my heart The tears were streaming down my face, but the emotion can never compare to what Tom Hart and his wife went through after the sudden and unexpected death of their daughter Rosalie The author reflects on his memories of his daughter during the last few weeks of her little life All the things she said, her drawings, the events she was apart ofall the accumulative retrospect that leads to crippling what if s, regret, and guilt I can t imagine my son no longer being in my life I don t think I could go on, seriously I can t even think about it But Tom Hart gathered all of his thoughts and experiences related to Rosalie s life and death and offered them to the masses His very personal journey through the depths of despair is painfully raw and honest and slowly leads to light at the end Rosalie is gone but never forgotten and life and love continues I am in awe at the generosity Tom Hart must possess to release Rosalie Lightning A Graphic Memoir I hope this helps families all over who have suffered such loss as well I can t recommend this book enough A deep breath, a slow opening of the soul, a gift of love The final sequence is one of the most beautiful things I ve ever read I could feel my heart unfolding, unclenching.Tom Hart s been quietly making a mark in comics forthan twenty years from his beautiful, poetic mini comics in the 1990s to the smart, funny and deeply political Hutch Owen The Sands Daddy Lightning Banks Eubanks, etc etc And for many years he s also been teaching supporting I can t recommend this book enough A deep breath, a slow opening of the soul, a gift of love The final sequence is one of the most beautiful things I ve ever read I could feel my heart unfolding, unclenching.Tom Hart s been quietly making a mark in comics forthan twenty years from his beautiful, poetic mini comics in the 1990s to the smart, funny and deeply political Hutch Owen The Sands Daddy Lightning Banks Eubanks, etc etc And for many years he s also been teaching supporting and inspiring another generation of cartoonists to cartoon like you mean itTom s one of the most interesting cartoonists around He s slowly built a body of work that s innovative and experimental in a way that s maybe less obvious to casual readers, but rewards countless re reads There s an aesthetic sensibility at work in his comics that s unique and powerful, and it s been consistent from the very beginning His work is like no one else s I think his importance and influence have been under recognised something I hope is about to change with this extraordinary, unforgettable book.Rosalie Lightning is a landmark book the culmination of Tom s craft and his whole approach to cartooning as a potent, personal, intimate artform It s viscerally powerful, deceptively simple and direct, honest and heartfelt and generous There are layers of complexity and depth in this book, and a raw intensity that won t be denied It s a book about why we live and why we make art I know the subject will frighten some people away, but there s really no need It s the most loving, joyful, real comic I ve read in a long time.A masterpiece It deserves to be read, discussed, and studied for years to come In November 2011, Rosalie, the daughter of cartoonists Tom Hart and Leela Corman, died suddenly, before the age of two Rosalie Lightning is Hart s beautiful, elegiac tribute to her short life, an account of the months surrounding the terrible event In fragmented, poetic fashion, he sifts through the rubble of devastating grief, looking for answers, searching for solace, and finding little Your best memories are your biggest torments Eventually he reaches a sort of shaky peace and moves s In November 2011, Rosalie, the daughter of cartoonists Tom Hart and Leela Corman, died suddenly, before the age of two Rosalie Lightning is Hart s beautiful, elegiac tribute to her short life, an account of the months surrounding the terrible event In fragmented, poetic fashion, he sifts through the rubble of devastating grief, looking for answers, searching for solace, and finding little Your best memories are your biggest torments Eventually he reaches a sort of shaky peace and moves slowly forward Hart, a veteran cartoonist who currently runs the Sequential Artist s Workshop in Gainesville, Florida, is an inventive and visionary creator His drawings display as much spontaneity and verve as ever, energizing and illuminating the somber narrative Throughout, he references his inspirations artists as disparate as Laurie Anderson, Hayao Miyazaki, Werner Herzog, and Akira Kurosawa, underscoring his message of the power of art to help process, understand, and accept the burden of great loss Rosalie Lightning is a raw, uncompromising work, full of sorrow and occasional despair, yet ultimately uplifting, suffused with great love and warmth for little Rosalie READ THIS BOOK Comics don t often move me That s a hell of a thing to say, coming from one who has staked a big chunk of his life and work on reading and talking up comics It s true, comics engage and amuse me, often spark my thinking, often delight my eye, and sometimes thrill me It s true that I enjoy reading them in ways that I find hard to put into words But relatively few comics have pulled belly laughs out of me, and even fewer, far fewer, have moved me to tears, or to the point whe READ THIS BOOK Comics don t often move me That s a hell of a thing to say, coming from one who has staked a big chunk of his life and work on reading and talking up comics It s true, comics engage and amuse me, often spark my thinking, often delight my eye, and sometimes thrill me It s true that I enjoy reading them in ways that I find hard to put into words But relatively few comics have pulled belly laughs out of me, and even fewer, far fewer, have moved me to tears, or to the point where I felt emotion cresting and overtaking me In that category I d put Spiegelman s MAUS, Brabner, Pekar, and Stack s OUR CANCER YEAR, Beto s PALOMAR, Xaime s LOCAS, Tyler s SOLDIER S HEART, Nilsen s DON T GO WHERE I CAN T FOLLOW, Schulz s PEANUTS, and precious few others Tom Hart s ROSALIE LIGHTNING is one of those books, and since I read it last night has instantly become one of my most treasured examples of graphic memoir It is That Book one that un trains you in the medium and teaches you the medium all over again One that kicks your ass round the room while you pore over it in perfect stillness and silence One that sets your heart shivering and makes you hug the damn thing to you when you re done A story of deepest grief, of emotional and spiritual confusion and hard journeying, of a midnight dark passage through something that most of us would hope never to experience and yet a book that never succumbs to true despair, to stasis and soul death and mere settling No No cynicism or collapse here Hart has conjured a deeply affirming, life valuing, goddammit this did really happen but I m going to live it and make art out of it Book of Books Not just a raw record of pained lived through and absorbed into life, this is one of the most artful, creatively risk taking graphic books I ve read in a long time, braided with exquisite care, searchingly ever changing in form and technique, artistically and textually protean, adaptive, awake, and alive READ THIS COMIC It wrung me out like a rag, and I m glad of it I havean ARC of this to review for a great publication right now I am avoiding writing that review, because no review can do justice to how powerful this book is Suffice it to say, it is pretty amazing, and gut wrenching, and challenging, and a NECESSARY READ I wish it could hurry up and come out for everyone, but it is SO WORTH THE WAIT guys Pre order it, get yourself on the library holds list while it s still on order Just Read It. Rosalie Lightning Is Eisner Nominated Cartoonist Tom Hart S New York Times Bestselling Touching And Beautiful Graphic Memoir About The Untimely Death Of His Young Daughter, Rosalie His Heart Breaking And Emotional Illustrations Strike Readers To The Core, And Take Them Along His Family S Journey Through Loss Hart Uses The Graphic Form To Articulate His And His Wife S On Going Search For Meaning In The Aftermath Of Rosalie S Death, Exploring Themes Of Grief, Hopelessness, Rebirth, And Eventually Finding Hope Again Hart Creatively Portrays The Solace He Discovers In Nature, Philosophy, Great Works Of Literature, And Art Across All Media In This Expressively Honest And Loving Tribute To His Baby Girl Rosalie Lighting Is A Graphic Masterpiece Chronicling A Father S Undying Love I don t usually read graphic novels, but the description of Rosalie Lightning caught my attention, so here I am I can t believe how powerful this book is It is stunning Heartbreaking The text is incredible on its own, but coupled with the picturesI mean, there are no words to describe it Reading this book is pure feeling All you do is experience the author s pain along with him Some of my favorite parts The part where he talks to a pregnant woman right after his baby dies, and he desc I don t usually read graphic novels, but the description of Rosalie Lightning caught my attention, so here I am I can t believe how powerful this book is It is stunning Heartbreaking The text is incredible on its own, but coupled with the picturesI mean, there are no words to describe it Reading this book is pure feeling All you do is experience the author s pain along with him Some of my favorite parts The part where he talks to a pregnant woman right after his baby dies, and he describes himself, draws himself, as shattered obsidian The part where he draws Images You ll Get Used to While Grieving Your Lost Child crackers, fruits, and meats in little gift boxes oranges peeled, never eaten your spouse on the ground you on the ground The part where he describes his past a sketch of his baby playing in the grass , his present a sketch of him wide and bleary eyed on the ground , his future a solid square of blackness The many parts where he shows what his child was like and then what she could have been, but will never be So basically, I cried A lot.There is light at the end of this book or maybe I should say growth I love the last story Hart shares In fact, I was surprised by the solidly almost defiantly hopeful ending Maybe Hart was, too My heart goes out to him and his wife I hope they find peace and at least a little bit of joy after such a horrible tragedy I expected to be emotionally destroyed by this book, but I did not expect to be so impressed by its formal qualities that halfway through I almost forgot to wallow in second hand grief and instead luxuriated in the beautiful simplicity and technical accomplishment of the visual choices Tom Hart s always been a cartoonist s cartoonist, a Zen trickster who can wring a surprising amount of meaning out of rhythm and scribble only they re not really two different things, they re scribble in rhythm, I expected to be emotionally destroyed by this book, but I did not expect to be so impressed by its formal qualities that halfway through I almost forgot to wallow in second hand grief and instead luxuriated in the beautiful simplicity and technical accomplishment of the visual choices Tom Hart s always been a cartoonist s cartoonist, a Zen trickster who can wring a surprising amount of meaning out of rhythm and scribble only they re not really two different things, they re scribble in rhythm, the foundational element on which all the rest of the comics medium has been built But the degree to which his graphic vocabulary has become infinitelysophisticated, even as he sticks to the simplified grammar of old school minicomics, caught me unprepared.The book is a memoir of a relatively short period in his and his wife s cartoonist Leela Corman life the months leading up to, and the year following, the death of their two year old daughter in 2011 It s also, necessarily, a sort of catalog of the art music, film, literature, painting, and naturally comics that they encounter, or turn to, in the process of remembering and grieving If that doesn t sound like something you want to read, I guess I can understand that, but what could easily be either numbingly maudlin or gracelessly self involved in the hands of other, even other very great, cartoonists, is handled with such exceptional deftness, honesty, and patience by Hart that it feels muchlike a complete work of art than like the visually uninspired self conscious slog that comics memoir has come to mean in the last decade or so.To some degree this can perhaps be attributed to the Asian influences in Hart s philosophy and,importantly, craft I don t think I ve seen asuccessful synthesis of US and Japanese approaches to comics, ever, and I couldn t quite shake the feeling, which began growing on me about halfway through, that it represents a turning point in the medium itself The choppy, ragged line used for most of the book is descended from Gary Panter it s a change from thecuddly crude style Hart became known for some fifteen years ago, used in this book to depict the past, cartoons, dreams, and a recurrent metaphor , and his narrating rhythms are the standard indie autobio Pekar via Schulz rhythms that Chester Brown popularized in the 80s, but the contemplative, unhurried panel layouts, the use of abstraction to represent emotion, and the lush grayscale tones giving the images weight and body are all pure manga.I very much doubt I m going to read a better comic this year I almost certainly won t read aemotionally affecting one Because of course I was, as expected, emotionally destroyed by this book I was also, most unexpectedly, and indefinably, healed by it

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