Betrayed by her fleeting first love and her father’s cold rejection, Aglaia the oceanide conceives at a very young age a fierce hatred of men. She is by turns a reluctant wife, a passionate lover, an absent mother, a heroic fighter, and a revolutionary queen — and through it all, her destiny is inexorably linked to the complexity of her character in this deeply human, contemporary, and iconoclastic comedy.
Cartoonist Anne Simon showcases a deft touch in this astute dissection of human relationships, which weaves 19th century France, biting feminism, and the pop imagination of the Beatles into one deliciously philosophical farce, full of subversive twists and comical turns.
"Simon touches on feminism, revolution, and the nature of power and corruption. Haunting, odd, and sharp, The Song of Aglaia will appeal to lovers of literary comics." — Booklist starred review
"The Song of Aglaia puts a complicated, heady feminist spin on tired old myths and legends." — The Beat
"Possibly the most unsettling fairy tale you’ll read all year, The Song of Aglaia is as feminist as it is iconoclastic. Simon’s scritch-scratch textures and kids’-book-gone-awry character designs provide a perfect vehicle for her exploration of the ways lust and — more upsettingly — love destroy our ideals." — Vulture
"There’s whimsy and an other-worldliness surging through all 122 pages, and it’s easy to get caught up in the sheer fantastical delights. Prepare to laugh and squirm!" — Adventures in Poor Taste
"Simon’s artwork is equally complex, multi-faceted, and more than up to the task set by her ambitious, layered narrative — detailed linework, intricate cross-hatching, unique character designs, literally fantastic environments rendered with stylish flair ... The Song of Aglaia is a comics story both timeless and utterly, singularly fresh and new." — Four Color Apocalypse