An Age of License

An Age of License

A Travelogue

Book - 2014
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Cartoonist Lucy Knisley got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe and Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley's comics travel memoir recounting her adventures. It's punctuated by whimsical visual devices; peppered with the cats she meets along the way; and, of course, features her hallmark -- drawings and descriptions of food that will make your mouth water. But it's not all kittens and raclette cr©®pes: Knisley's experiences are coloured by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries, and quotidian revelations -- about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life and career.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781606997680
Characteristics: 189 pages :,chiefly illustrated (some colour) ;,20 cm.


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Dec 03, 2017

In this cute travelogue, a young comic book artist documents her lengthy solo European vacation through Norway, Sweden, France, and Germany. Along the way, she finds romance, and ruminates about her life purpose.

Sep 15, 2017

Must be seen. Truly excellent.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 23, 2016

A sweet little travelogue but as an avid traveler I couldn't help but think that my travel graphic would be oh so freaky awesome.

Sep 22, 2016

A great travelogue style graphic where the author ponders life, love, and her travels. A great book to get people who are not usually into graphics to try one. Most of the book is in black and white which works wonderfully when you get to the full page color panels. Really helps to give them gravity. Great for anyone who enjoys a biography style read.

Jul 25, 2016

This author/artist is really growing on me. I love her thoughtful observations about herself and the people and situations around her. Her drawings are also simple yet refined and easy to follow.

Jul 07, 2016

In "An Age of License," Lucy Knisley shares her travel journals during a very dynamic period of her life. Invited to speak at a conference in Norway, Knisley finds herself traveling by herself for the first time as she wrestles with her own self identity and adulthood as she continues her career as a cartoonist. As she sets out, she muses on thoughts of her own luck and privilege, worries about the future, and all the things that are uncertain and that have not yet been accomplished. On the way, she embarks on a relationship with a dreamy young Swede, explores the culture differences between American and Scandinavian attitudes towards life and personal growth, and spends time with her mother and friends in France. Each of these locations are depicted in exquisite detail. In France, she encounters a wine grower who mentions off hand the idea of the "Age of License," a time in which young people are free to experiment and be themselves. This idea, which seems to appear no where else, begins to obsesses Knisley and I too find it both a compelling idea and a disturbing one. Where did this age go, have you squandered it already? How best can you take full advantage? Easy for some wealthy old guy to talk about, I guess.

Knisley's water color work continues to be beautiful and evocative, displaying the places she visits, Bergen, Cophenhagen, Berlin, Paris, and the small French towns she and her mother explore, her thoughts and artwork really kindle in me the desire to travel. In the past, I too have often found myself dividing my life into "periods" separated by a major trip; the trip to the Pacific Northwest to begin my college career, the next one as I begun grad school, backpacking Europe just before stepping into the "real" world, I really echo Knisley's argument that travel puts our own lives in a different context, allowing you to reflect and think. Of course, we are distracted by the delicious food and sites, but every experience changes us. What will my next transition trip be, I wonder? Could any journey, by itself, be an "age of license"?

LPL_KimberlyL Apr 28, 2016

A lovely graphic novel memoir about a young woman making her way in the world, both literally and figuratively. Knisley uses her travels through various European countries as a method to discuss her life, and where she might be going in the future. Utterly charming, romantic, and incredibly sweet.

LPL_IlkaI Mar 23, 2016

Lucy Knisley lovingly combines a personal narrative with her endearing illustrative style to craft a travelogue about her time spent traversing Norway, Sweden, and France. Age of License will speak to a reader of any age that has reached the crossroad of "Where am I going?" and "What am I doing?" in this game called Life. So, if you are asking yourself these questions or may enjoy a youthful perspective with a visual accompaniment then look no further!

JCLStefanieE Feb 05, 2016

A charming pictorial travel diary full of humor and wonder with a touch of romance. Knisley is a creative genius.

Aug 15, 2015

Cute illustrations, but the story is rather uneventful.

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