Karin L. Kross
Debbie Drechsler’s semiautobiographical Daddy’s Girl first ran as a series of strips in the New York Press in the early 90s. Published in book form in 1995, the graphic novel was nominated for an Ignatz Award but was sold only in comic-book stores and fell out of print. Its reissue in hardcover speaks to the lasting quality of the material and should act as a reminder that, despite the large number of similar memoirs and graphic novels published in recent years, the original strip was groundbreaking in its frank depiction of sexual abuse.
That Daddy’s Girl is a troubling read is evident from the second page, in which a young girl is forced to perform a sex act on her father while her sister sleeps (or doesn’t) nearby. The book draws on Drechsler’s own early experiences to unsettling effect, informing the
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