Julia's work is featured in the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey's exhibition "Drawing It Out," in the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery. The exhibit will run from September 22, 2017 to January 14, 2018. Please see it while you can!
"I defy you to not be moved!"
"....draws a parallel between her own idealism, that of the Occupy generation, and Lola’s. After a century, we’re able to see the Russian Revolution and the early Soviet project with clearer eyes. ... The high hopes of people like Lola are worth remembering."
"As we all struggle to make sense of the Trump era, Alekseyeva has written and drawn a story of autocracy, revolution, and the refugee experience..."
"...really fascinating story."
"Lola's story is [just] astounding..."
"inspirational and epic"
"This cross-generational relationship paints their stories in gorgeous expressive ink washes, hand-drawn picturesque panels. It brings to life the challenges of adulthood, war and death..."
"Everything is done simply, accurately, and truthfully, and that truth-- coupled with an attempt to show history not as a history of ideas, but as the development of personalities-- helps round out the sharp edges without looking for compromise or political antagonism."
"Soviet Daughter is a call to arms as much as it is a memoir. It ends with a message, reminding the reader that they can use their voice to go out and change the world just as the people who came before them have done. In a time when vital progress on important issues such as women's reproductive rights or equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community looks close to being undone this message couldn't be more important."
"Lola's story not only serves as a thrilling historical tale, filled with details to teach anyone about the history and culture of the USSR, but also envisions how we can serve the communities around us, and that we learn this through the practice and experience of others."
"Soviet Daughter is a labor of love, a memoir, a personal history, and a political history-an achievement of both visual and written storytelling."
"incredible tale of pluck, joy, and hard-fought survival"
The Bay Area Reporter has reviewed Soviet Daughter in their piece on some of the best new graphic novels. The piece, All the graphic details, discusses the book and some tidbits about its creation.