Thursday, April 2, 2009

Finally! (book release announcement)

Event: Book Release, Art Show, and Book-Signing
I Still Live: Biography of a Spiritualist
A Xeric Award-winning graphic novella by
Annie Murphy
Friday, April 10th (the first Friday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox), 2009
1914 S.E. Ankeny
Portland, Oregon

Come celebrate Spring and the spirit of renewal, rebirth, and recovery
with this comic book tribute to poet, activist, and spirit-medium Achsa Sprague, and a show of original artwork from the book.

What the people say:

"I Still Live is a masterful hybrid work.
Part adaptation of the spiritualist Achsa
Sprague's diary, part history book, and
part memoir, it channels the past into the
present in a haunting and vivid way."
--Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

"Annie Murphy has that rare gift to make
history feel immediate and urgent. I Still Live
is not only well researched but comes alive on
the page. Achsa Sprague has been revived."
--James Sturm, author of The Golem's Mighty Swing

"This was the most self-assured debut of the year by
an artist whose interests include the intersection
between spiritualism and feminism and whose style
occupies the space between quietude and poetic sweep.
As she refines her style, she will be a fascinating talent to watch."
--Rob Clough, of
Sequart Research and Literacy Organization.

news article from Vermont Woman Magazine
#3 on Comics Journal's ten great minicomics of 2008

Thank you to Charles at Eberhardt press for printing this
new and improved, two-color off-set version of the comic,
and thanks so much to the Xeric Foundation for funding it.

I sure hope you can make it.
Annie Murphy


David Lasky, Esq. said...

I just saw this on Comics Reporter, and look forward to reading your book!

shelby marie skumanich. said...

bitch magazine blogs did a post on you and your book and found my way here through there. i love your drawings and i am very excited to buy and read the book. it looks amazing!

ladybug said...

My husband bought your book at Portland's Stumptown comix fest...I like it alot. I enjoyed learning more about the Spiritualist movement and your excellent drawings as well! Hope you will be releasing new material at the next one!

modik said...

Congrats, Annie. Your belief in this project is what made it a success.


minty lewis said...

i'd like to buy this book, but can't find where i can order it. how to order?

Annie Murphy said...

Whoops! I just figured out how to "moderate" my comments (don't ask me why I hadn't before, it's not that hard...)!!
Thanks for the positive feedback, folks, it means a lot.
I do plan on releasing some new stuff at this coming Stumptown. There should be a tarot deck, an illustrated symbol dictionary, possibly an anthology I'm editing, maybe some color prints. Till then, people can order copies of I Still Live from Sparkplug Comics at:
Thanks again!