Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yellow Rose of Texas: The MYth of Emily Morgan A graphic novel

Posted on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-06-23
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I know how much y’all like your Emilys in almost any color and dress, but I wish fervently that Douglas Brode’s graphic-novel interpretation of this much-revised Lone Star urtext were written and illustrated by some badass grrrlz (the fashion for sure would be better — apologies to illustrator Joe Orsak, but those painted-on pants, ouch — and with the abundant language anachronisms, she may as well sport some hot tats). To his credit, Brode, a journalist as well as fiction author, has based his story on some of the many disputed facts surrounding the mysterious Emily Morgan, and his plot is fueled by the contradictions she faced as a woman of color traveling between the slave-holding states, Mexico, where slavery was outlawed almost a decade before San Jacinto, and the territory that would become Texas. Partisans of the theory documented in Making Myth of Emily will be disappointed, however: Brode’s creation is a romanticized, clever slave girl who finds love and freedom on her way through Santa Anna’s tent, not Emily de Zavala, the aristocratic, mulatto wife of the first Vice President of the Republic of Texas whose prominent pale descendants may have whitewashed history. Go start a lively debate. You know there’ll be takers. Free, 5-7pm Wed, Jun 23, The Twig, 200 E. Grayson, (210) 826-6411, thetwig.indiebound.com.

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