Suffragette City: The Substance and the Shadow

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All quoted material in the comic is from the Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth, written and edited by Olive Gilbert. An additional main source was Nell Irvin Painter’s excellent biography, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, which not only creates a moving human portrait of an Afro-Dutch girl sold away from her parents, but which also thoughtfully debunks many of the myths we’ve inherited about her.


Kelcey Parker Ervick likes to tell offbeat histories, preferably about women and preferably with drawings. She is the author of three award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, about a not very bitter Czech fairy tale writer, and Liliane's Balcony, in which Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater may be haunted. Her comics and graphic essays have appeared in The Believer, Quarterly West, Passages North, and Nashville Review. She is the co-editor, with Tom Hart, of the forthcoming Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. Follow her daily-ish art habit on Instagram. More from this author →