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Somnambulance by Fiona Smyth is a collection of comics drawn over from the years 1983 to 2017. Put another way, when these first comics were drawn, I was ten.
Fiona Smyth is now an illustrator based in Toronto; she was born in Montreal. I'm going to admit that until Somnambulance I hadn't heard of her. I'm not sure I've ever seen her work on display or in print here in California.
Her work is described as feminist and sex positive. It's mostly line art in swirling contorted shapes that harken back to the late 1960s, early 1970s. There are lots and lots of surreal or abstract depictions of nudity.
The problem I had with reading the book isn't with the style or the subject matter. Instead its with her lettering. She's a shit draftsman. Her letters especially on the older tiny comics are impossible to read even with my glasses on. Even though the compilation is over sized, it's not big enough to render her lettering in a legible manner.