A Good Sport

by Soizick Jaffre

A Good Sport is a graphic memoir from French cartoonist Soizick Jaffre.

The book details the author's participation in the 2018 Gay Games, her lifelong pursuit of athletics, and the history surrounding the Gay Games themselves! This story is told with Jaffre's colorful, energetic, and sometimes surreal artwork

A Good Sport is a full-color trade paperback over 150 pages in length, published by award-winning imprint Stacked Deck Press.

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A Good Sport is a graphic memoir written and drawn by French cartoonist Soizick Jaffre, detailing her participation in the 2018 Gay Games, her lifelong love of athletics, and her own personal search for freedom. This memoir is visually rich with Jaffre's colorful, expressive illustration style that runs the gamut from realistic portrayal to eye-popping surrealism. A Good Sport deftly balances both personal and world history to paint a picture of feminist triumph and queer self-determination.

Jaffre's journey takes her from the beaches of France to the streets of Saigon, from the cafes of Tel Aviv to the bowling alleys of America. Along the way we learn some of the history of the Gay Games and their origins in Olympian Tom Waddell's fight against discrimination. We also see how the Games provide a gathering point for a world of queer athletes whose drive to compete is also an expression of their personal struggles for equal rights in their home countries. Throughout A Good Sport, Jaffre makes the connection between one's right to participate in a chosen sport and the "game of freedom" that we all must play to become our best selves.

A Good Sport is a full-color trade paperback over 150 pages in length, published by award-winning imprint Stacked Deck Press. It features an introduction by cartoonist and comics scholar Justin Hall and a foreword by Gay Games organizer Pascale Reinteau. A Good Sport has something to inspire, inform, and delight readers from all walks of life.

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Soizick Jaffre is an author and comics artist, born in Angoulême, France, in 1978. She has published fiction, poetry comics, and autobiographical stories in various independent publications and comics anthologies in North America and Europe. Her typical style combines strong colors and surrealistic details.

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Founded in 2015, Stacked Deck Press is a publishing imprint dedicated to comics, prose, and coloring books of LGBTQAIU+ interest. Among their publications are the Ignatz Award-winning We're Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, the All-Black, All-Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comics Anthology We Belong, the Bisexual Book Award-winning Primahood: Magenta, and the LGBTQ+ Historical Coloring Book Series. Stacked Deck Press has worked closely with Prism Comics on several projects, including the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology ALPHABET: The LGBTQAIU+ Creators from Prism Comics.

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Assembly of the book: We expect to have the book assembled and ready for print by the end of the crowdfunding campaign.

Printing: We will send the book to print in May 2024.

Fulfillment: We will fulfill the rewards of the crowdfunding campaign in late Summer 2024.

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