In Tinderella, Minneapolis-based cartoonist, M. S. Harkness has produced her most accomplished work yet: a graphic memoir of a Christmas Break past that, while it covers many aspects of her life including family, friends, school and work, places a special focus on her sex life, particularly her experiences on the contemporary online/phone-app dating/hookup scene. Its 120 black and white pages give an up close and (very) personal look at this slice of her life. She doesn't pull any punches or make any attempts to sugarcoat the events chronicled in these comics (quite the contrary, in fact), but also works to situate them in her overall life. In addition to portraying her exterior life, Tinderella contains some excellent comics representations of her interior life as well, including mental images and flights of fancy, all rendered with a self-assured yet simultaneously self-deprecating sense of humor. Her portrayal both of the strengths and weaknesses her own character and that of the milieu in which she finds herself together provide a portrait of the artist as a young woman that is a sign of the times.
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In this high-octane, 28-page, black & white (with black & gold cover!), digest-size comic book, M.S. Harkness blazes a trail through her mind – while washing dishes to SZA's title track anthem. In the process clearly demonstrating that it's all about where your head is at; that the mundane can be transformed – perhaps even transcended – but that it won't happen by itself. And that comics have what it takes to make it happen, provided you have the chops.