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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Miss (Melissa) Lasko-Gross (b. 1977). Henni, 2015. Ink and graphite. Gift, Miss Lasko-Gross, Small Press Expo Collection, 2015. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. (030.01.00) © Miss Lasko Gross, 2015, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-40492

Continuing the Tradition of Fantasy

Creator of comics and semi-autobiographical graphic novels, Miss Lasko-Gross has turned recently to visual storytelling set in imaginary realms, which feature hybrid characters who grapple with non-conformity and self-discovery. In this drawing for a poster for the American Library Association, Lasko-Gross portrays Henni, the eponymous character of her graphic novel. Her image of her hybrid heroine, sitting at the edge of a forest, evokes key aspects of the narrative: Henni’s inquisitive, contemplative character and the mysterious, wooded landscape.