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Exit Wounds

Modan, Rutu. Exit Wounds. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2007. Print.


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In Exit Wounds, Koby, a young man living in modern-day Tel Aviv, lives with his Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Aryeh. One day while driving his cab, he receives a phone call and meets a soldier named Numi who has information about his father and a bombing in Hadera. Together they start searching for his father and try to piece together the story of his father’s last few months of life and end up discovering secrets about their own respective lives.

Visual and textual style: strict panels, conversational , expressive, realistic, grainy, nostalgic

Potential readers/appeal factors: history, war, mystery, death, family problems, bombing, missing people

Awards

  • Modan won the Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem four times
  • She was named Young Artist of the Year by the Israel Ministry of Culture in 1997
  • Modan contributed to Jet Lang, an Eisner-Nominated Actus Tragicus anthology
  • She won the Andersen Award for Illustration from the International Board on Boos for Young People in Basel, Switzerland in 2001
  • Nominated for the Ignatz Award for Best Story and Promising New Talent for “Bygone” in Flipper, Vol. 2
  • Modan is also a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation since 2005
  • Nominated for the Angoulême Festival’s Goccini Award in 2006
  • Exit Wounds was named “Best Comic of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly and The Mercury News
  • Exit Wounds was included in “Best of” lists from Heeb, Publisher’s Weekly, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Time, and the Oklahoman
    • Time named Exit Wounds #8 on its list of Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2007
  • Exit Wounds was nominated for the 2007 Quill Award in the category of graphic novels
  • Exit Wounds won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – New

Other pertinent information

  • Rutu Modan was one of the joint founders of Actus Tragicus, a collective and independent publishing house for alternative comic artists.

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