Aya, Life In Yop City (tr Dascher)
ôAya is an irresistible comedy, a couple of love stories and a tale for becoming African. ItÆs essential reading.ö ùJoann Sfar, cartoonist of The RabbiÆs Cat Ivory Coast, 1978. ItÆs a golden time, and the nation, tooùan oasis of affluence and stability in West Africaùseems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely based upon Marguerite AbouetÆs youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. ItÆs a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City. Cl_ment OubrerieÆs warm colors and energetic, playful line connect expressively with Marguerite AbouetÆs vibrant writing. This reworked edition offers readers the chance to immerse themselves in AbouetÆs Yop City, bringing together the first three volumes of the series in Book One. Drawn & Quarterly will release volumes four through six of the original French series (as yet unpublished in English) in Book Two. Aya is the winner of the Best First Album award at the Angoul_me International Comics Festival, the ChildrenÆs Africana Book Award, and the Glyph Award; was nominated for the Quill Award, the YALSAÆs Great Graphic Novels list, and the Eisner Award; and was included on ôbest ofö lists from The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.