Unterzakhn in French and Spanish

Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn is now a Spanish-language book  and a French-edition, from Ca et La, here And a couple glowing French reviews: http://www.myboox.fr/actualite/bd-nos-cinq-coups-de-coeur-de-la-rentree-ac-17499.html  http://culturopoing.com/Livres/Leela+Corman+Dessous+-5071

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Leela Corman

Leela Corman will be at UF tomorrow evening, speaking about Unterzakhn! 6:15 at Smathers Library. http://blogs.uflib.ufl.edu/news/2012/06/04/authorsuf-leela-corman/

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Batch of rave reviews for Unterzakhn.

“Corman produces an exceptional portrayal, deserving of much laudatory praise and acclaim, of immigrant and Jewish life on par with the works of Will Eisner and Art Spiegelman.” —SFSite.com   “Corman has an ear for dialogue and a loose, curvilinear brush-line that makes reading her work a pleasure.” —The Boston Phoenix   “Captivating. . . . A sweetly sad story, illustrating the difficulty of life in the early twentieth…

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Unterzakhn Opening this week

We are celebrating Leela Corman and her new book, Unterzakhn this Friday from 7-10 pm at SAW. Come to SAW (18 SE 5th Ave at Main Street behind the CMC and Citizen’s Co-Op) from 7-10 for a chance to see this brand new book and see a small retrospective of Leela’s art on the walls. Publishers Weekly Preview: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/comics/article/50614-panel-mania-unterzakhn.html PW Review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8052-4259-1 Graphic Novel Review: http://www.graphicnovelreporter.com/content/unterzakhn-review “Unterzakhn works on multiple levels (one notable…

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Unterzakhn Reviews and Links and Tour Dates

Unterzakhn by Leela Corman A mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the twentieth century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths. For six-year-old Esther and Fanya, the teeming streets of New York’s Lower East Side circa 1910 are both a fascinating playground and a place where life’s lessons are…

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Finishing Unterzakhn

Finalizing Unterzakhn, getting the book into InDesign Finalizing some grey tones This is the book that broke the scanner. Crashed it. I mean the scanner fell off the shelf and crashed to the floor. All the remaining scans are coming out all shudderry: Viva la scanner. Viva la Unterzakhn!

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On Not Shooting the Outline, Part 2

I wrote about not shooting the outline, last year, here on my teaching blog. Here’s a great example in progress as Leela finishes Unterzakhn. I noted while going through the manuscript that it needed a bridge before (beware the spoilers!) Minna throws Esther out of the house when she finds out Esther has been working in a brothel. This indignity had to be attached to Minna’s reputation somehow. You…

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Finishing Unterzakhn 2

Still working on finishing Unterzakhn. Reordering, deleting, cutting, pasting, Leela is busy drawing new panels and pages, Some screen shots: Great dry brush on this vomiting woman. Lee felt the characters needed to be split apart in this panel. Note the profile in the negative space of the last panel. Pretty sure she’s got to draw something there now. Leela inking some hair. I love watching her ink hair.

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Unterzakhn in Progress

Leela has been hard at work finishing Unterzakhn since we relocated to Gainesville. She’s been busy with productions, adding tones, rewrites, re-draws and I’ve been editing, compiling, serving as Walter Murch to her Francis Ford Coppola. This is an accurate analogy. Leela has approached this project very organically, with high degrees of “rehearsal” and improvisation of scenes, until they’ve been right. Some scenes from years ago have been rewritten,…

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