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Another Look. A Bunch of Stuff to See Things Differently Vol. 2 (Un autre regard. Trucs en vrac pour voir les choses autrement t. 2)

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Original Language: French | 112 pp | November 2017

2 Seas Represents: World rights excl. French and Korean.

Rights sold: USA (Seven Stories Press, WEL, two-book deal), Spain (Lumen, two-book deal). Under option: Korea, Greece, Italy

Over 24,000 copies sold of Vol. 1. First print run: 20,000 copies

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THE 2nd COMIC BOOK FROM THE BLOGGER EMMACLIT, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

There’s always a moment during a conversation between women when one refers to Emma’s comic strip along the lines of, “That’s exactly what happened to me.”

After the runaway bestselling success of Another Look vol. 1, a booksellers’ favourite, amateur comedienne, Emma, is making headline news once again with the online publication of her follow-up volume, Mental Overload. She dissects that invisible load which weighs heavily on women who are obliged to do household chores and figure out how best to delegate. Emma’s comic strip has been “liked” 76,000 times on Facebook, shared 215,000 times, and attracted comments from 21,000 internet users. Mind-blowing figures! An article about her on the site www.express.fr has attracted 1, 800,000 views – a record since the site was created.

“I was a bit overwhelmed by the success of this comic strip, as it was totally unexpected. I had trouble answering everyone, though I usually try to, best I can,” says Emma. “I’m delighted that the story has gone beyond just a feminist readership and is now reaching women who are less aware. It gives me hope for the future. »

For over a year now, this amateur comedienne has posted her reflections on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings on her blog “Emma Clit”, as well as on Facebook, where she has over 220,000 subscribers. The resulting book, Another Look, was published by Editions Massot in May.

In this follow-up comic book, there are unpublished feminist stories reminiscent of Sweden’s Liv Strömquist’s comic strips, notably on the issue of domestic violence.

The linking narrative thread of all these stories is that they do not happen because of bad luck, but because of a society that systematically abuses specific population groups.”

Emma is a 36-year-old computer technician who lives in Paris and learns from “all over the place”. She podcasts programs for the radio station France Culture, and is an avid reader of the press. A former member of the collective Stop harcèlement de rue (stop street harassment), she is confident that her feminist beliefs have now made it onto the “information superhighway” for good.

What gets me going is stumbling upon something which makes me think differently, and I say to myself, ‘I hadn’t seen it that way before.’ So I have to spread the word. If it affects my daily life, it’ll be the same for others.”