A Bubble

The artist and musician Geneviève Castrée ’ s last work—an expression of love, meant to last longer than words

Drawn near the beginnin of her life, surrounded by the nature and calm of Anacortes, Washington, Geneviève Castrée drew one final gift for her two-year-old daughter, the stunning board book A Bubble. Leaving behind a last note for a young child is an incomprehensible task; Castrée responds with grace and subtlety. Using precise, exquisite drawings of herself and her stepfather, Castrée depicts changes in their daily routines as a greater story unfolds. Mother and daughter float from page to page, encased in a bubble that protects them from the outside world. A contemplation of love and loss, A Bubble is a lasting declaration, a final memory, a comfort for others experiencing grief, and a beautiful archive of one of the world ’ s most talented cartoonist ’ s final artistic achievements.

Known for her hauntingly beautiful music ( under the names Ô PAON and Woelv), engrossingly detailed album illustrations, and delicate, subtle comics, Castrée ’ s previous graphic novel, Susceptible, shows her rare ability to handle difficult personal material with intimacy and honesty. A Bubble acts as an extension of her life story and the inal chapter of a beautifully full existence. Castrée passed away in 2016 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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Published June 26th 2018 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published June 5th 2018
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Her illness keeps her in a bubble, sometimes busy with her work, and sometimes burdened with tears or tubes for breathing; but words of love, in English and French, remind her child that Maman will always be there for her.

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It is then made evident by the bubble popping that her cousin is lost, her round-edged soft world broken.

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While Munsch 's book is rooted in the pain of still birth, A Bubble.

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Geneviève Castrée died from cancer a couple ears ago at 35.

She left this board book for her son, 2, and it is n't quite finished.

But it happens, it happened, and she wrote this as one of the ast thin she had strength to do.About five years ago, in 2013, when it was released from Drawn& Quarterly, I read her short book about growing up, Susceptible, and was impressed especially by the lovely drawing, contrasting the awful experiences she had growing up.

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It ’ s a sweet tal of a child telling the reader about their mother who lives in a bubble.

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