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Leela Corman’s Victory Parade Graphic Novel

Leela Corman, the author of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel UNTERZAKHAN, now gives us a heart-wrenching, phantasmagorical tale of love, loss, and trauma both personal and global, set during World War II in Brooklyn, New York, and in the newly liberated Buchenwald concentration camp.

One of a group of women working as welders in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Rose Arensberg has fallen in love with a disabled veteran while awaiting the return of her husband, Sam, a soldier in the American army serving in Europe. As we follow the bittersweet, heartbreaking stories of Rose and her fellow Rosie-the-Riveters, we’re immersed in the day-to-day challenges of life on the home front as seen through the eyes of these resilient women, as well as through the eyes of Eleanor, Rose’s impressionable young daughter, and Ruth, the German Jewish refugee Rose has taken into their home.

Ruth’s desperate attempt to exorcise the nightmare of growing up in pre-war Nazi Germany takes her into the world of professional women wrestlers—with devastating consequences. And Sam’s encounters with the horrors of a liberated concentration camp follow him home to Brooklyn in the form of terrifying flashbacks that will leave him scarred forever.

Victory Parade paints a deeply affecting portrait of how individuals and civilizations process mass trauma. Magnificently drawn by Leela Corman, it’s an Expressionist journey through the battlefields of the human heart and the mass graves of genocide:

  • EERILY FAMILIAR THEMES: Antisemitism. Fascism. Genocide. Women in the workplace. As relevant now as they were in the 1940s.
  • AUTHOR: Unterzakhn put Leela Corman on the graphic novelist map. This debut work was nominated for an Eisner and an LA Times Book Prize. In 2023 it received a MoCCA Arts Festival Award of Excellence.
  • WOMEN’S WRESTLING: Is an incredible 21st-century American thing!
  • TIMING: We will be publishing this to tie in with the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, in April 2023.

LEELA CORMAN is a painter, educator, and graphic-novel creator, working in the realm of diaspora Ashkenazi culture and third-generation restorative work. Her books include Unterzakhn, which was nominated for an Eisner Award, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Le Prix Antémisia; won the 2015 Romics Prize for Best Anglo-American Comic; and received a 2023 MoCCA Arts Festival Award of Excellence, and the short comics collections You Are Not a Guest and We All Wish For Deadly Force. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The Believer, Nautilus, and The Nib. She is a founding instructor at Sequential Artists Workshop and an instructor at Rhode Island School of Design. Leela is available for interviews. She will also be touring for Victory Parade – cities to come…

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR

VICTORY PARADE by Leela Corman

9780805243444 | HC | 04/02/2024 | $29.00 | Schocken

“Victory Parade is a fever-dream of love and vengeance, war and rage and longing and women’s wrestling. How in the world did Corman ever imagine this gorgeously composed book into being, especially in the way it builds so carefully, only to explode into jagged modernist shards at the end. What a marvel.”

—Lauren Groff, Author of Matrix

“Corman’s work expertly pairs elegance and brutality in an intergenerational cry for existence. Often floating or sinking or both, Victory Parade pulls us through what it means to survive each day, nurturing a fire in the name of lives stolen to genocide and indifference.”

—Nate Powell, Author of Save It for Later and Illustrator of the March Trilogy

“Just read Victory Parade, and now I have no words. The story is so rich, in the end I was crying. This book is a monolith; it is condensed pain and a great body of literature.”

—Ulli Lust, Author of Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

November 16, 2023
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