This beautiful little book is the all new hardcover re-print of the original 2003 handmade artist’s edition (printed by Chicks Hell Trash Prod.) now long gone! A Multilingual Queer adult Victorian graphic novella choc full of drawings, which tells a wilde tale in German, English and Hebrew of a marriage that isn’t always a marriage, a dandy who isn’t quite yet a dandy and a family in the making.
Ida Wilde began writing and drawing this story as a kind of farewell to the cozy and eccentric marriage that Henry and she had established, thinking it was about to end… Little did she know that it was only the beginning. Though the original objective was to write a piece for an anthology on drag, she ended up drawing her life with Henry, in which a peculiar kind of drag had been born and from it a wonderfully large extended family. It was at this time that the two became a (Victorian) couple; Ida taught Henry how to cultivate the appetite of a dandy fond of society and passionate about art. Finding their home in an unconventional marriage of letter writing, smoking and donning silk cravats. Both titillated by well crafted objects, homosexuals with strange tastes, fetishists of social codes, manners and excellent textiles, playing with and residing in a wildly domestic idyll.
This is the book that started it all! A completely true and accurate representation in drawings and text, of the very real Wilde Family!! Graced with a beautiful epilogue by Gili Ben-Zvi on the nature and naturalness of family!
The book was published on the occasion of The Wildes, a salon performance presenting The Wildes for the very first time to a larger audience, in the cozy context of their drawings, slides, love-letters, songs, and plays. The Wildes premiered in ausland, Feb. 2014.