Brazen
With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Bakerto Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

Brazen Details

TitleBrazen
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 6th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781626728691
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Feminism, Comics

Brazen Review

  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    my skin is clear. my gpa is up. spring has come early. i'm hydrated. i have been cured of my nearsightedness.i could not have d r e a m e d up a more perfect book. this book contains: trans women, gay women, bi women, straight women, pan women, black women, asian women, native american women, middle eastern women, white women, autistic women, disabled women. there are living women and dead women and women who are so dead that it's like, maybe she was born around the year 350? there are women i'v my skin is clear. my gpa is up. spring has come early. i'm hydrated. i have been cured of my nearsightedness.i could not have d r e a m e d up a more perfect book. this book contains: trans women, gay women, bi women, straight women, pan women, black women, asian women, native american women, middle eastern women, white women, autistic women, disabled women. there are living women and dead women and women who are so dead that it's like, maybe she was born around the year 350? there are women i've heard of and women i've long obsessed over and women i'd never heard of because SOCIETY IS UNJUST.the art is beautiful, whether it's the comic-style panels that make up most of the book or the two-page spreads at the end of every entry, all of which i want to Frame And Hang But Also Print On The Backs Of My Eyelids.i've been struggling to read a bit this month. i read 20 books last month, and 28 the month before, and as of today (March 5) i hadn't finished one yet in March. (oh how unbelievable. oh the suffering. oh is there no humanity.) i kind of forced myself through a short book today, but no book could catch my attention. i opened the Fierce Reads package containing this yesterday, and must have kept it in the back of my mind since, because i picked it up today without thinking. and didn't put it down. through dinner or cleaning or cookie-baking or anything else.i needed this book in childhood, and i needed it as a teenager, and i need it now and i'll continue to need it forever. i know absolutely that i'll return to this book always.this is going on my all-time favorites list. this is a book that i will recommend to all women, and all men, and all people of all genders because it is so important and beautiful and necessary.as i finished this book, i got choked up. because it's over, and because it is such a gift.at the end, Pénélope Bagieu includes a list of 30 more badass women, and oh my god if this world is worthy of loving Bagieu will write a book for them, too.bottom line: maybe i will come back and write more later, because i have the feeling i will never be done talking about this book.thank you, thank you, thaaaaank you to fierce reads for the ARC
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  • Cam (abookeater)
    January 1, 1970
    A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewBRAZEN is a graphic novel I would have loved to have read when I was little. In school we're surrounded by male authority figures and rarely do we here in depth biographies of amazing women through out history.This graphic novels gives us hundreds of pages, beautifully illustrated, of ladies who've kicked history's behind. I want every little girl out there; trans little girls, cis little girls, brown little g A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewBRAZEN is a graphic novel I would have loved to have read when I was little. In school we're surrounded by male authority figures and rarely do we here in depth biographies of amazing women through out history.This graphic novels gives us hundreds of pages, beautifully illustrated, of ladies who've kicked history's behind. I want every little girl out there; trans little girls, cis little girls, brown little girls, black little girls, all little girls to have a copy of these so they too can see that women make history and sometimes (most of the time) more boldly than men.
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  • First Second Books
    January 1, 1970
    With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of formidable female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison, or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, their stories are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I'm sure it's partially due to having a really tough week, but I got so emotional reading this book. There were several points throughout reading this today that I got choked up...I was so overwhelmed by the successes of these women, the obstacles they faced, their brains, their panache, their feistiness. I really enjoyed Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin', and after this, I am so solidly in Camp Bagieu, I need to track down all her work even if I can barely read it because it was never tr I'm sure it's partially due to having a really tough week, but I got so emotional reading this book. There were several points throughout reading this today that I got choked up...I was so overwhelmed by the successes of these women, the obstacles they faced, their brains, their panache, their feistiness. I really enjoyed Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin', and after this, I am so solidly in Camp Bagieu, I need to track down all her work even if I can barely read it because it was never translated from the original French.To be sure, these are broad portraits of complex women, but I dare anyone to read this and walk away without having their curiosity burning hot. I seriously want to read biographies of every woman featured here now. The way she presents them gives you just enough information to get hooked. This is exactly what I wanted Ann Shen's Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World to be, but never got. This is an incredibly inclusive representation--old and young, the gamut of professions, LGBTQ, ancient history and more recent...you name it. Bagieu, even in these short bios, provided new information about the women I already was familiar with, and introduced me to many more that I may have never heard of otherwise. That list of 30 more women at the end better mean she'll be publishing a Part 2. I have a strong feeling I'll be buying this when it comes out in March.Many thanks to First Second and Net Galley for the advanced copy of this wonderful collection.
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  • Carol Tilley
    January 1, 1970
    A strong set of enjoyable vignettes about unconventionally noteworthy women from throughout the world.
  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    It seems like now that feminism is super marketable, every publisher has a collective biography of trailblazing women. I’m all for celebrating the accomplishments of women, but all this corporate feminism just conjures the ghosts of Adorno and Horkheimer. But check this one out. This collection of short autobiographies in comic form is particularly wonderful. The selections are varied and completely fascinating. Bagieu’s comics are beautiful, stylish, and charming. The lines of her drawings make It seems like now that feminism is super marketable, every publisher has a collective biography of trailblazing women. I’m all for celebrating the accomplishments of women, but all this corporate feminism just conjures the ghosts of Adorno and Horkheimer. But check this one out. This collection of short autobiographies in comic form is particularly wonderful. The selections are varied and completely fascinating. Bagieu’s comics are beautiful, stylish, and charming. The lines of her drawings make me think of little wires that conduct the energy of her sense of humor. Every time she illustrates Calder (she gets him in here twice, bless her) I love the both of them more. If you want to read about some remarkable, inspiring women who kick ass, take names, and GET IT DONE—all the publishers know that you do—this is the one to pick.
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  • Jennifer Haight
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment you see the candy-colored cover with bold lettering and design, you know that Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu is something special. Pick it up and you’ll feel an appealing texture and see the appealing glossy spots that highlight some of the powerful women featured inside.Twenty-nine women are introduced in this book from athletes to leaders, circus performers to inventors. There’s no shortage of books featuring vignettes of impressive women, but Brazen finds new stories like that of G From the moment you see the candy-colored cover with bold lettering and design, you know that Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu is something special. Pick it up and you’ll feel an appealing texture and see the appealing glossy spots that highlight some of the powerful women featured inside.Twenty-nine women are introduced in this book from athletes to leaders, circus performers to inventors. There’s no shortage of books featuring vignettes of impressive women, but Brazen finds new stories like that of Giorgiana Reid, a lighthouse keeper and Tove Jansson, the creator of Trolls. The women hail from all over the world and there will certainly be a story to resonate with every reader.Each woman is given a title page and then several pages are dedicated to telling her story, frame-by-frame, comic style. Bagieu’s illustrations feel like a throwback to the 1970’s with a modern twist. The book uses all colors, but each woman is given a few distinct colors adding to the uniqueness of their stories. Bagieu infuses action in the narrative which makes one feel as if they are experiencing a moment in history rather than just reading about it. After each woman’s story is a glorious two page spread that further enhances the reader’s understanding of the woman’s experience.Every high school and public library should have a copy of this book displayed proudly and what better timing than a March Women’s History Month release?
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Undoubtedly one of the best things I’ve ever read. Can’t wait for this to come out next year.
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I do not look upon my middle school years with much fondness, in fact, that is a part of my life that I would probably rather forget entirely and while this book brought back many memories of that time, it did so in such a real way that I feel like so many girls could relate to.Karma is about to start the sixth grade, a time when most people feel awkward, friendships change, and your body is changing as well. For Karma this means I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.I do not look upon my middle school years with much fondness, in fact, that is a part of my life that I would probably rather forget entirely and while this book brought back many memories of that time, it did so in such a real way that I feel like so many girls could relate to.Karma is about to start the sixth grade, a time when most people feel awkward, friendships change, and your body is changing as well. For Karma this means that she has started to sprout a mustache and due to her half Sikh/ half Methodist family is not supposed to remove any hair. Then a new girl moves in across the street from her best friend and the balance starts to shift within friendships. Throughout this novel Karma has to navigate teasing, friends, enemies, body hair, and changing family dynamics all while entering middle school.I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First is because of how real it felt. I felt the embarrassment and shame alongside Karma and I feel like these are feelings that both people going through this at the moment and those that have passed that time in their lives are able to relate too. Also enjoyable is the diversity and how it is presented and how Karma grows to embrace her culture that she is originally embarrassed by.
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  • Adam Stone
    January 1, 1970
    This is an amazing collection of short bios by a fantastic artist. From cover design to layout to subject matter, this is an A++ book.Bagieu gives us brief synopses of famous female-identified rebels across an array of fields from gynecologists to artists to queens. The story snippets have just the right amount of humor (a bit Kate Beatony), and at the end of each one is a two page spread of a moment from the story. I think most artists would have put the two page spread before the stories, so t This is an amazing collection of short bios by a fantastic artist. From cover design to layout to subject matter, this is an A++ book.Bagieu gives us brief synopses of famous female-identified rebels across an array of fields from gynecologists to artists to queens. The story snippets have just the right amount of humor (a bit Kate Beatony), and at the end of each one is a two page spread of a moment from the story. I think most artists would have put the two page spread before the stories, so they acted as covers or introductory art. Those artists would have been wrong. I loved learning about someone, and Then seeing a gorgeous callback to a detail from the story I just read.This book is definitely going to spend some time laid out on tables where people can see it, instead of living on a shelf. I may even have to get a few copies as gifts for people.I recommend it for people who like comic biographies, anyone interested in learning more about interesting people but who want to experience that learning visually, people who love stories that feature strong women, people who hate stories that feature strong women who are at least open minded enough to be swayed, fans of alternative comic art, Moomin fans, anyone who wants to learn and be amused at the same time.
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  • Allison M
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book sounded perfect: biographies of amazing women, presented in comic-strip form, for children. The 29 women (plus a short autobiography of Bagieu herself) are a fairly diverse bunch, many of whom I had not heard of previously or knew very little about. The mix includes an astronaut, a bearded lady, a Liberian activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, a warrior and shaman, a journalist, and actresses Hedy Lamarr and Margaret Hamilton. I was a little curious about the inclusion of ro I thought this book sounded perfect: biographies of amazing women, presented in comic-strip form, for children. The 29 women (plus a short autobiography of Bagieu herself) are a fairly diverse bunch, many of whom I had not heard of previously or knew very little about. The mix includes an astronaut, a bearded lady, a Liberian activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, a warrior and shaman, a journalist, and actresses Hedy Lamarr and Margaret Hamilton. I was a little curious about the inclusion of rock group The Shaggs since in Bagieu's account the story seems to be more about the father than the sisters themselves. Unfortunately, the writer does not give any sources or references for children interested in finding out more and the biographies are brief. The discussion of the women's sexuality and issues some of them faced - rape, domestic violence - means that the book is in my opinion not suitable for young children. While I found the writing style to be at times a touch laboured and the comic-strip illustrations were not always terribly appealing, some of the larger-scale colourful illustrations separating the biographies were gorgeous - eg. pages 186-187. I received this ebook free in return for an honest review.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from First Second in exchange for an honest review. This is fabulous graphic novel non-fiction! Snippets of overlooked women from our history lessons, that lived all over the world. I liked that some of the women are from modern history and still living. Each story depicts a strong-willed and independent woman/women doing things much before it was “acceptable” and making a lasting mark on the world. Bagieu is concise, poignant and funny! A few women I knew a little about and ot I received an ARC from First Second in exchange for an honest review. This is fabulous graphic novel non-fiction! Snippets of overlooked women from our history lessons, that lived all over the world. I liked that some of the women are from modern history and still living. Each story depicts a strong-willed and independent woman/women doing things much before it was “acceptable” and making a lasting mark on the world. Bagieu is concise, poignant and funny! A few women I knew a little about and others I didn’t know at all and found myself surfing the web for more information. Tons of diversity. It’s hard to pick favorites, but I loved Katia the Volcanologist, Sonita the Rapper, and Christine Jorgensen (reluctant celebrity). Just remarkable and easy to read. A must read for teens and adults. This will make you want to unleash your inner rebel and find a way to make an impact on the world!
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  • Victoria Peipert
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great start! I love the idea of this book and the authors graphic storytelling style. The parts that I think need some fine tuning:- Sometimes the writing doesn't flow well. I feel like sometimes the words accompanying the images are more fact jumping than true story telling. -Some of the stories addressed more mature content than others. The writing can seem lighter and then more advanced at times so I think the intended audience age feels slightly different depending on the story. Th This is a great start! I love the idea of this book and the authors graphic storytelling style. The parts that I think need some fine tuning:- Sometimes the writing doesn't flow well. I feel like sometimes the words accompanying the images are more fact jumping than true story telling. -Some of the stories addressed more mature content than others. The writing can seem lighter and then more advanced at times so I think the intended audience age feels slightly different depending on the story. Things I love:-the diverse mix of women that the author has chosen to highlight. I love the breadth of creative, scientific, and social justice figures from all time periods.-Her illustrative style is delightful!Looking forward to updating my review after reading a more final version later!
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    Read for work/received an ARC from Netgalley. A fascinating set of mini-biographies in comic form. The women profiled are a diverse group and many were previously unknown to me. While there are certainly many similar books coming out now -- Women in Science and Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky come to mind, as does Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen and Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath -- Brazen mostly covers new ground, and there's room in the market for plenty more bios of women w Read for work/received an ARC from Netgalley. A fascinating set of mini-biographies in comic form. The women profiled are a diverse group and many were previously unknown to me. While there are certainly many similar books coming out now -- Women in Science and Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky come to mind, as does Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen and Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath -- Brazen mostly covers new ground, and there's room in the market for plenty more bios of women who fought oppression throughout history. The art is very idiosyncratic but it doesn't detract from the message of the book.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    advance PDF - Bagieu turns in a delightful set of short stories spotlighting the accomplishments of women throughout world history. I very much appreciated the diverse historical and geographical settings, and of course, the art is charming. I just wish the stories could get a little more in depth and offer a little more complexity to give a full portrait of each woman. These aren't full biographies, so it's not fair to expect that of the book, but the brevity of each portrait also keeps it from advance PDF - Bagieu turns in a delightful set of short stories spotlighting the accomplishments of women throughout world history. I very much appreciated the diverse historical and geographical settings, and of course, the art is charming. I just wish the stories could get a little more in depth and offer a little more complexity to give a full portrait of each woman. These aren't full biographies, so it's not fair to expect that of the book, but the brevity of each portrait also keeps it from gaining a full five star rating, because it is otherwise very good.
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  • Alessandra
    January 1, 1970
    There have been many recently released anthologies of women in history who broke down barriers and lived lives outside the norm. That's a great thing, but it means that anyone putting out a book along those lines needs to find a way to make theirs stand out from the pack. Penelope Bagieu successfully does this by focusing mostly on women who would still be considered odd, or "brazen" even by today's standards. That means that Brazen is forward thinking beyond many of its counterparts.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was very interested in this after reading and enjoying California Dreamin', Bagieu's biography of Mama Cass. I wasn't disappointed. I loved the short graphic biography sketches of women throughout history who should be known. I love the art style, and the double-page spreads after each woman's story were particularly lovely. Definitely recommend and will keep reading Bagieu's work.Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via NetGalley.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked this. Bagieu avoids bios of the more obvious 'inspiring women' (that are being used to sell the massive run of feminist icon books put there at present) and chooses the more obscure. This is a great thing as I'd much rather read about Las Mariposas that Earhart again.My only gripe is the quality of the egalley from the publishers. Quality of text is poor and badly defined, and the art looks scratchy and unrefined in some part Because of this, I can't fully review the art style.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel is perfect! I love the stories of all these amazing women! I like the playful, casual way the stories are written. The illustrations are so interesting and I love the style. I especially love the gorgeous two page spreads on the woman after her story. I really loved this graphic novel and I would love to see this book everywhere! A copy was provided to me through Net Galley for an honest review.
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  • Amber Webb
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Brazen and the stories of women with great courage who were different than most. I have enjoyed all the books or recently focusing on the contributions of women, but Brazen took it to a new level by talking about strong women who impacted the world in a distant way. I also really enjoyed the graphic novel form. While I won't be using this book in my early elementary classroom I can see many middle and high school students loving this book.
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  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    January 1, 1970
    What an insightful read with delightful graphics! I especially love the two page art spread at the end of each rebel ladies’ story. They highlight and show off each heroine so well. This wonderfully illustrated graphic novel is full of girl power. Brazen couldn't have been a more appropriate title for all the kickass ladies featured inside. They test limits and defy boundaries to make revolutionary changes and achieve greatness. I'm so in awe of their accomplishments. I'm also a little ashamed o What an insightful read with delightful graphics! I especially love the two page art spread at the end of each rebel ladies’ story. They highlight and show off each heroine so well. This wonderfully illustrated graphic novel is full of girl power. Brazen couldn't have been a more appropriate title for all the kickass ladies featured inside. They test limits and defy boundaries to make revolutionary changes and achieve greatness. I'm so in awe of their accomplishments. I'm also a little ashamed of myself for not knowing more of these heroines before but better late than never!Each story is short and concise with a good balance of text to drawings. Though most of these ladies' stories were not of the happy variety, Ms. Bagieu incorporates funny facials and witty remarks to show their unbeatable and resilient side. True role models. I was really inspired to look deeper into their life stories.Brazen is full of feminism and inspirational tales. I notice the author lists another page full of rebel ladies. I hope she gets around to drawing their stories. In the meantime, pick up Brazen and learn about these impressive leading ladies!
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  • Darcysmom
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World is an exciting and empowering graphic book. Penelope Bagieu has chosen a diverse group of kick-ass women to profile.I enjoyed every page of Brazen. I learned, I was inspired, and I was entertained. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Kayley
    January 1, 1970
    One of the most incredible books in any format that I’ve read in a long time - so empowering and moving and beautifully done. In just a few pages the lives of our heroines are fully fleshed out, and we see them push forward against all odds with grace, humility, and heart. Brazen is a relevant reminder that even in the face of adversity, our strength and determination can and will affect change.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I know there are a ton of these compilations out there, and more on the way, but I am HERE FOR THEM.Brazen does a great job of highlighting women whose stories are familiar (Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker) while also introducing us to amazing women whose stories are a bit more obscure. And the art is so good! Especially the double-page spreads in-between the stories.
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  • Sian
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a big graphic novel fan but not usually that into short stories, but Bagieu combines the two mediums really well. Each story is short enough that it is digestible but with enough detail that you get a real feel for each 'rebel ladies'' life. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the women who have shaped our society today.
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  • Jeimy
    January 1, 1970
    This book tells the story of various women, some more famous than others, and how hard they fought for what they wanted or believed. The format is accessible and the illustrations soften the heartbreaking words that sometimes accompany them.
  • Redgie
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone needs to read this book!
  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    Necessary.
  • Sarah Sawyers-Lovett
    January 1, 1970
    I'm probably going to handsell, like, a billion copies of this awesome book.
  • Ryan Lovett
    January 1, 1970
    This book is wonderful and I want to buy a copy for every child I know.
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