"Underwire explores the funny, and often absurd, aspects of being a lady. Cheers to the artist for spotlighting female characters... and, hopefully, getting more women psyched about comics." -- Whitney Matheson, USA Today
Sometimes you just gotta pick yourself up by your brastraps.
Underwire collects the wise and witty autobiographical comics of an captivating new voice: Jennifer Hayden, cartoonist and politically incorrect mother of two. She may not have all the answers, but she's not gonna let that stop her from enjoying the prime of her life -- her forties!
Since its internet debut at ACT-I-VATE.com, Underwire has attracted praise for its sharp tongue, enchanting style, and warm wisdom. These everyday observations -- about womanhood, parenthood, growing up, and rocking out -- add up to something not only funny, but also quite profound. After a few stories, you might even feel like a member of the family.
Top Shelf presents twenty-two stories from the beloved webcomic, plus seventeen new pages of comics and art created exclusively for this collection.
Dysfunction needn t always be the attendant of memoir, as Hayden shows in this slim collection of vignettes about middle-aged womanhood, some originally published as an ACT-I-VATE web comic. Hayden has two well-adjusted adolescent children and a husband still smitten with her. She dances, shops, and has chummy conversations with her daughter, Charlotte, who surprises her mother with her insight and maturity; her son, Kip, has overcome ADHD and attends a prestigious boarding school (and so plays much less of a role in Hayden s stories) the vignette in which Hayden laments the departure of her little boy of 14 shows much about the emotions of motherhood. Hayden s cheerful profanity and scratchy lines give the work a homey, intimate feel. And with Hayden s references to her ancient self and reminiscences about pot-fueled fantasies, there s more than a dash of hippy sensibility. ( Mom, seriously, her daughter admonishes her on a shopping trip, the seventies are OVER. ) Even a story about a recurring dream of having murdered someone and being investigated by her children speaks of their affectionate relationship. Hayden s stories are like comfortable, lived-in jeans not the most stylish or flattering, but the ones you want to spend time wearing.