Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu


Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit. Against overwhelming adversity, these remarkable women raised their voices and changed history.With her one-of-a-kind wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world-famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine...

Details Brazen

Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Feminism, History, Biography

Reviews Brazen

  • Lola
    If you care about feminism and innovation at all, I urge you to read this one of a kind graphic biography ASAP.Do not deny your mind a much needed introduction to glorious women who have helped change the world for the better in a many unforgettable ways.Although there are thirty short biographies, including the author’s, I was only familiar with Josephine Baker and Peggy Guggenheim and even then I learned information about them that I never st...
  • emma
    my skin is clear. my gpa is up. spring has come early. i'm hydrated. i have been cured of my nearsightedness.i could not have d r e a m e d up a more perfect book. this book contains: trans women, gay women, bi women, straight women, pan women, black women, asian women, native american women, middle eastern women, white women, autistic women, disabled women. there are living women and dead women and women who are so dead that it's like, maybe she...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThere are a lot of fun graphic novels about feminism coming out lately, like THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS and DEAD FEMINISTS: HISTORIC HEROINES LIVING IN COLOR. I think this is great because graphic novels are a medium that are accessible to a wide range of ages (kids and adults), which makes them an excellent resource for classrooms and libraries. In terms of maturity levels, though, B...
  • Colleen Fauchelle
    There are alot of these sorts of books around at the moment, I have two other ones on my shelf to read. I like them because you get to learn about people you would have otherwise not thought about. I like reading about others and can easily get lost in wickipedia reading about how people lived and died. I liked the set out of this book, it is in comic form and gives 2-3 pages of each woman and a full page picture of them in a scene of their life....
  • Shortcake
    ♀♀♀♀This is 110% my new favorite book! It's filled with stories about incredible women who stood against all odds and shaped our history. They are intelligent, strong, brave, kind, fierce, beautiful and independent, every one of them! I don't really know what to say, except that this book is so important, not to mention BEAUTIFUL, and I think it's amazing that each woman who's story is told can be related to by girls all over the world. E...
  • Roz
    I don't have anything bad to say about this. I loved the illustrations, the colors.. oh and the stories about the ladies who rocked the world.
  • Kassie
    I loved the art and I loved (most) of the stories! There were quite a few of them that made me tear up with pride that these women are a part of history, only wishing that more people knew their stories
  • Lindsay
    I'm sure it's partially due to having a really tough week, but I got so emotional reading this book. There were several points throughout reading this today that I got choked up...I was so overwhelmed by the successes of these women, the obstacles they faced, their brains, their panache, their feistiness. I really enjoyed Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin', and after this, I am so solidly in Camp Bagieu, I need to track down all her work ev...
  • L. McCoy
    You know I wasn’t sure if this was going to be good or bad. I’m impressed! Also, this review does get political.First, my thoughts on feminism:I fully support equality and believe that women can be just as smart, strong, brave, etc. as men but modern feminism gets out of hand sometimes. A comic having a female character in a revealing costume or someone using certain words is not as important as countries where rape is legal or muslim communi...
  • Morgan
    I've seen so many of these types of books published now and they usually are the same thing. They have nice art, but they usually have a one page short bio of a woman you most likely heard about making their life seem like nothing bad ever happened. It gets repetitive and annoying. Do we really need ten similar books with the same woman?This book changes that. This book, first of all, features woman that aren't really well know. Before hand, just...
  • Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
    I freaking loved this! All the different stories about amazing women from around the world was so inspiring and empowering. I loved the format of this book too, the short graphic novel story of their lives followed by a full spread illustration. Recommend to everyone!
  • Laura
    There are a ton of books, of late, that are about famous women. And not to knock any of them, but after a while, all of them go over the same women. You get her Harriat Tubmans, and your Helen Kellers, and your Anne Franks. This book doesn't go after the ladies you have heard about before, or if it does, it goes at them from a different angle. For example I knew about Hedy Lamarr, inventing a type of radar during world war II, but it never made s...
  • Mark
    In this wonderful illustrated novel, we are presented with a collection of 29 brief biographies, of various women through history, who displayed "The Right Stuff". Tough, smart, bold, courageous and wildly creative. There are a few women here, that are well-known but most of them have vanished into obscurity. Fortunately, Bagieu has brought them back into the spotlight. This will be one of the best GNs I will read this year. Highly recommended.
  • Ellen
    An excellent compilation of some very interesting, cool women. I was strangely touched especially by Giorgina Reid, the lighthouse keeper. I didn't give this five stars because there were a few women I didn't agree completely with their cause, but the author states that this is a book of women who do what they want, so they definitely fit in that category. Recommended!Content warning: some mild language, some sex talk and situations
  • Sam Bloom
    3.5 starsHow can you create all these mini-bios and not have any back matter in your book?! And I'm concerned about the way some of the profiles are represented (esp a few of the POC). Planning on doing some research and rereading certain sections.
  • Dov Zeller
    Read this book!!!!Not going to write a review at the moment. But also read this review by Emma!!! Here is a quote from it:"his book contains: trans women, gay women, bi women, straight women, pan women, black women, asian women, native american women, middle eastern women, white women, autistic women, disabled women. there are living women and dead women and women who are so dead that it's like, maybe she w...
  • Rachel ୨୧
    This book is a beautiful and essential addition to any library. Captivating art? Check. A good mix of famous, infamous, and obscure women who changed the world? Check. Diversity? Check. I feel massively inspired after finishing Brazen, so five stars it is!!!
  • Elaine
    Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World was a fantastic read.The author weaves her talents as a cartoonist by illustrating short biographies of some of the most incredible and influential women of history.Ms. Bagieu adds humorous and witty commentary, with snark asides, at just the right moment, about these extraordinary women from all walks of life, socio-economic status, sexuality, ethnicities and time periods including:Wu Zeitan, the first ...
  • Derek Royal
    A collection of 29 brief biographies, this is Bagieu's exercise in chronicling the lives of women throughout the world, and throughout history, that bucked the system or defined themselves on their own terms. This project began as a series of webcomics posted on Le Monde's blog, and all but one of those entries are collected in this First Second edition. (Why not include the profile of Phulan Devi? Was it a little too dark or "rough" for the publ...
  • Jamie Jones Hullinger
    I will be purchasing a copy for my home library. It is perfection.
  • Alicia
    I loved learning about the extraordinary women in this graphic novel. This is a truly inspiring collection of portraits of female pioneers, inventors, and great minds presented with sensitivity and humor. I'll be recommending this to all my teens (and adults)!
  • KC
    Highly entertaining and wildly illustrated. Multiple woman from all walks of life and time periods all overcome some form of adversity to achieve great success.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5*This was super informative and fun, and also, so very pretty. If learning about some badass ladies from the days of yore is your thing, then I definitely think this book will be a win. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the format, but the graphic novel was actually kind of perfect? Obviously, it didn't go in depth about any one woman; ...
  • Carol Tilley
    A strong set of enjoyable vignettes about unconventionally noteworthy women from throughout the world.
  • Sonia Schoenfield
    What fun! I don't read a lot of graphic novels, only ones that catch my eye, and for some reason this one did. The author has picked 29 "brazen" women and tells their life stories in short chapters with delightful, quirky drawings. The subjects' names are listed in the table of contents with a word or phrase that describes them, such as Josephina van Gorkum, Obstinate Lover. This book was originally published in French but it loses nothing in tra...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Loved this!I've read a couple of these non-fiction titles that do brief profiles of influential women in history, both well-known and hardly known at all, but this one's my favorite so far. Both the delightful art and the comedic style set Brazen apart from similar titles. I laughed out loud several times. Brazen is like the marriage of Bygone Badass Broads and "Peabody's Improbable History" segments from Rocky and Bullwinkle. They're insouciant ...
  • Faith
    This is a wonderful collection about a diverse group of women from all over the globe and throughout history who were all brazen in their own way. The author does an amazing job of capturing the complexity of their stories in just a few pages. I particularly appreciated that it is not one story after another of woman wants to do something, is told no and then triumphs against adversity. There are many different narrative arcs here- second chances...
  • lucy black
    I really liked this. It kept surprising me by how great it was and each chapter was as good as the last. Just the right amount of depth with each piece and pictures that added to the text and followed the show not tell rule. I kept having to pause my reading as I googled pictures or added things to my to read/ watch/ listen to lists. A brilliant and inclusive biographical list of women who think outside the square and live interesting lives achie...