Nicole Hollander’s internationally syndicated comic strip, Sylvia, ran for thirty years. We Ate Wonder Bread is veteran cartoonist Hollander’s first graphic novel, a coming-of-age story starring the gangsters, the glamourous, the bed bugs, the (enviable) Catholic girls, the police, the jukebox, the fortune teller, and the blue Hudson—the family car, always at the ready for frequent drives into better neighborhoods. Much of the milieu and many of the characters who inhabited Hollander’s progressive comic strip, Sylvia, originated in her childhood neighborhood; not only does this illustrated memoir give insight into how Hollander developed her style and wit, it’s a chronicle of a Chicago community that has since disappeared into an expressway.
"Where on earth did this sharp, outspoken feminist, leftist cartooning genius of socially conscious sarcasm come from? Her new book, We Ate Wonder Bread, offers a full-color answer." — Chicago Tribune
"We Ate Wonder Bread is a hilarious, heartfelt excavation of a lost Chicago, as well as a perfect introduction to Hollander’s trademark wit and style." — Chicago Review of Books
"Hollander started her strip in the late 1970s, when 'a woman cartoonist was an oxymoron,' but her scribbly characters, collaged with photos and mixed-media backdrops, and her raw, chatty honesty feel as contemporary as any Jezebel article." — Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"Get comfortable, because you’re not going to be able to put this book down until you’ve finished it." — Alison Bechdel
"Nicole Hollander’s cartoons are always spot on politically and of course, quite funny. She is in a league of her own."
— Indie Wire