4 folded-stapled zines in printed box
152 pages in 4 volumes, color and b&w illustrations throughout
6 in. x 9 x 1.5 in.
Margaret Wise Brown was the author of many classic children’s books including Goodnight Moon (1947) and The Runaway Bunny (1942). She was part of an innovative moment in children’s literature that worked to capture the direct language and everyday experience of childhood. Christina Kelly’s 4 volume comic, In All That Brown the Sun Went Down is loosely based on actual events and relationships from Brown’s life. The story revolves around imagined sessions with her real-life Freudian analyst, Dr. Robert Bak. With Dr. Bak she examines the tempestuous 10-year love affair with a woman twice her age, her frustration at not being able to write successfully for adults, and the animosity she endures from the children’s book librarian at the New York Public Library. The characters in the comic are depicted as rabbits, appearing at the same time to be both childlike and grown up.