So Pretty / Very Rotten: Comics And Essays On Lolita Fashion And Cute Culture by Jane MaiSo Pretty / Very Rotten: Comics And Essays On Lolita Fashion And Cute Culture by Jane Mai

So Pretty / Very Rotten: Comics And Essays On Lolita Fashion And Cute Culture

byJane Mai, An NguyenContribution byNovala Takemoto

Paperback | May 26, 2017

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In a series of essays and comics that are at once academic and intimate, cartoonists Jane Mai and An Nguyen delve into Lolita subculture and their relationship with it. Empowering and beautiful, but also inescapably linked to consumerism, the Rococo-inspired fashion is indulgent and sublime, pretty and rotten.An Nguyen is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Ottawa, ON best known for her romantic comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places .Jane Mai is a freelance illustrator and comic artist from Brooklyn, NY.Novala Takemoto is a Japanese author, fashion designer and prominent promoter of the Lolita lifestyle.
Mai and Nguyen's work is an invaluable resource for whoever wants to get acquainted with a culture that, underneath its frilly garments, is a paradoxical form of empowerment and self-assertion." - Angelica Frey, Hyperallergic "Beyond fans, [ So Pretty / Very Rotten ] offers a general reader an introduction to a consumer subculture ...
Title:So Pretty / Very Rotten: Comics And Essays On Lolita Fashion And Cute CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 26, 2017Publisher:Koyama PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927668433

ISBN - 13:9781927668436

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So Pretty / Very Rotten is an intriguing peek behind the frilly, sugar-coated, and surprisingly subversive, femme-centric Lolita culture. Mai and Nguyen reveal the hows and whys of a fashion tribe that is pretty on the outside and so much more on the inside." - Deb Aoki, contributing writer at Anime News Network and Publishers Weekly "A marvellously affective journey into the hearts, souls and minds of Lolita fashionistas. The remarkable depth of the essays and artwork in this slim volume speaks to us all." - Joshua Paul Dale, co-editor of The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness "Expertly mixing comics and essays, An Nguyen and Jane Mai take us on an excursion into the fascinating culture of Lolita fashion. These beautifully realized stories, which range from humorous to haunting, involve young people looking for context and place, searching for a balance between materialism and identity within their chosen social reality. Nguyen's and Mai's work blends together seamlessly, each approaching the theme with their own unique vision and aesthetic. So Pretty / Very Rotten reveals universal experiences within a distinct and subversive style of self-expression." - Jesse Jacobs, author of Safari Honeymoon and By This Shall You Know Him " So Pretty / Very Rotten is fantastic for readers who are interested in alternative Japanese fashion, whether they are beginners or seasoned pros." - Kyra Wiseman, Contemporary Japanese Literature "[Their] gothic take on Lolita fashion and the 'kawaii' phenomenon is wildly entertaining." - Larry Reid, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator"