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zine review:

When I Was Seventeen

Colleen MacIsaac, of the now-defunct Van­couver-based comic-zine collective Radar Friends, achieves a unique stillness in this eight-page mini-comic, which depicts a young woman (perhaps the author?) in what appears to be a basement apartment, work­ing, reading and ironing while speaking lines from the title song. There is an effort­less quality in MacIsaac’s work: cryptic and open, When I Was Seventeen operates like a kind of Zen koan. The hasty reader may find this comic slight, boring, even pointless, but something serene and delicate occurs in these six panels that defies conventional synopsis. (Daniel Marrone)

Comic zine, Colleen MacIsaac, littlefoible.net

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