Achsa Sprague – and a book I want to own!

I read about this book this summer, and remembered it again today when I was at the Vermont Historical Society in Barre.

Vermont History Center in Barre

Vermont History Center in Barre

There, they have the paper of Achsa Sprague, a spiritualist, poet, medium and trance lecturer (whatever that means), and activist for abolition and women’s rights in 1850s Vermont.  I don’t know a ton about her — but it seems like she was kind of big deal among Spiritualists of the time, and she did the whole miraculous recovery from a paralyzing illness (rheumatoid arthritis) and then speaking in spirit voices thing.

Annie Murphy wrote and drew an incredible-looking graphic novel about Achsa Sprague!

By Annie Murphy

Copyright Annie Murphy

I can’t give a review, because I haven’t read it yet, but I am trying to order it — it’s self-published.  It looks AMAZING!  In part because of the beauty, and in part because it’s also about her learning about Achsa Sprague and her own relationship to this woman.  And I’m always interested in modern relationships to history.  I could spend the rest of my life trying to puzzle out my own kinship to the past.

Anyway, you can read a bit here on Annie’s blog, Comics and Synchronicity, and it seems like if you want a copy, you can get her email here.  That’s what I’m going to do!

And of course, Annie Murphy is a graduate (I think) of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT, which – holy shit – is amazing!

I don't know the artist here, but for sure, copyright CCS

I don't know the artist here, but for sure, copyright CCS

The CCS surely warrants its own post, probably after I visit down there in February for a workshop.  White River Junction, the town, deserves a big old post too.

The library at CCS, again, copyright CCS

The library at CCS, again, copyright CCS

Now I’m off to a nap, and waiting for this supposedly big snowstorm to hurry up and get here!

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