Comics Panel: The essential Becoming Unbecoming is a harrowing journey through misogyny

Becoming Unbecoming (Arsenal Pulp Press) is not an easy read, but it is an essential one. This graphic memoir by Una took seven years to create, and its pages are overflowing with raw emotion, channeling the cartoonist’s immense pain and frustration over the misogyny and violence women face on a regular basis. Beginning as an account of the sexual trauma Una experienced as a teen growing up in Yorkshire in the ’70s, the book connects Una’s tragedy with the fate of the women killed by the Yorkshire Ripper serial killer during her adolescence, and then builds off both of those threads to explore larger ideas concerning the mistreatment of women throughout history.

Becoming Unbecoming feels especially timely at the tail-end of a U.S. election year where misogyny has run rampant, but one of the saddest things about this book is that it will likely always be timely …

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