In Europe biographical comic has been one of most expressive sub genres in graphic novel, it has delivered amazing books for decades. And despite of superheroes, in the US we can find some beautiful pieces as well, which is natural in this culture where all kind of artists have been showing the world the core of America through any other discipline.
Megan Levens is a newcomer artist, expressing her life through fiction in her comic/webcomic Somewhere in between, an outgoing series about Molly, a girl living in one of those days… actually one of those years or phases in life, all of us have done or will do, when finding our way into life shows to be more complicated than we usually see on a screen.
Written and illustrated by Levens, the story will get you subtly, because it’s a common story, it could be related to anyone we know, or ourselves, why not? But a common story is not boring, or flat, on the contrary it can be revealing if the drama touches the accurate points of characters. Here you’ll find that and more. Pretty soon you will love/hate Molly, Spencer, Marcelo, etc.
Somewhere in Between is an ongoing series available online, but the first 28 strips were printed as a book already (and thankfully, because no matter how we love webcomics and appreciate the value web has given us, there’s nothing like read any comic in paper). The only thing is that fonts are too small, and it is inevitable to wish it could be edited in color one day. We’ll just have to wait until Levens talent and Molly work it out. Meanwhile visit Somewhere In Between, follow on Facebook and buy the book if you have the chance.
Finally being a little biographical, you may feel curiosity about the author, so I was and fortunately she’s really open to interviews, so here are some words Megan Levens told me about herself and her comic.
- How much of yourself can we find in the comic?
- It’s an autobiographical or auto-reflexive comic?
- Rio is a city on fire right now, with the anouncement of the Worldcup, the Olimpics, this past weekend we had UFC Río, so many mo have been filmed there or about in the last months/years, etc. Does this has to do something for you, or it is just coincidence?
ML: I think it’s a happy coincidence for me and the future success of “SIB” that the whole world is so interested in Rio de Janeiro right now. I actually did visit Rio, and when I sat down to write the comic it became obvious that the story would not work if it were set anywhere else besides LA and Rio. It always had to be Rio. The effects that this city in particular, its music, its landscape, and its people have on the heroine, Molly, are very specific and important in contrast to LA. It’s also very important to me, as a foreigner consciously writing about Rio from the perspective of a gringa tourist, to be faithful and accurate in my depiction of the city and its culture. I love the place and the people too much to just write another story about some American woman who goes off to “find herself” and falls in love with some exotic man on an exotic beach while bossa nova music plays in the background. (Even though that did actually happen!)
- Any chance to publish the comic in Portuguese?
- Recently, sexism has been a subject in comics world. A polemic issue. Some authors claim there’s a lot of it inside the stories, and in the industry as well. (Two notes about Grant Morrison about this as example). As an author and a woman how do you feel about this? have you ever suffered from it? You think it’s changing? Your thoughts?