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, Comics

Reviews Brazen

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Shortcake // partial hiatus //
    ♀♀♀♀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...
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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 ...
  • Becky
    Excellent selection of subjects, and wonderful artwork!
  • Stefanie
    A great fun book of graphic stories about women who dared. Best of all they aren't all the usual ones! And, they are from all around the world as well as various time periods. The art is marvelous. Great for dipping into when you have a spare 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Jennifer
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  • Suzanne
    THIS IS PHENOMENAL. I really hope Penelope does a sequel.
  • Bonnie G.
    OMFG OMGG OMMMMGGG AMAZINGlike seriously this book is so beautiful and witty and serious and well researched and stunning and funny!!!!New fave! Everyone must read!
  • Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
    An absolute pleasure and wonder to read: the info is fantastic, the artwork really brings it to life, and the whole experience of reading it is joyful. More books like this are a must.
  • Erin
    I loved the diversity in this book. There are women featured from different times, different places, different backgrounds. They have made so many different things of themselves: scientists, inventors, activists, lawyers, warriors, perpetually learning and doing. Fascinating.