For the Love of God, Marie! tackles themes of sexism, body image, gender identity, racism, faith (and doubting it), family and the importance of educating people about sex and their bodies, and shows, with Sarson's exuberant art and trademark lightness of touch, how attitudes have changed over the last fifty years in Britain.Marie is a girl with the gift of understanding, who is often misunderstood...at home and in her Catholic sixth form, where she confounds her fellow pupils and teachers as she tries to understand and love those few special people who need her help to be themselves.But understanding and loving people is harder than it sounds, and Marie soon realises that having faith and living in 1960s Britain doesn't leave much room for those who are different from the norm. They only really leave room for shame, prejudice, and, oh yeah, more shame. So Marie decides to do as she sees fit...with some hilarious, moving, and unexpected results.As we follow Marie from the sixties to the nineties, we find out what it means to be a spirited young woman from a religious household who believes that maybe, just maybe, God doesn't care WHAT you do with your body as long as it makes you happy.
Because really...what harm can come from loving people?
Jade Sarson is a comic artist and illustrator, and winner of the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2014 (with an extract from her book For the Love of God, Marie!). The prize was judged by novelist Meg Rosoff, critic and blogger Andy Oliver, cartoonists Woodrow Phoenix and Nicola Streeten and Myriad Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman. Sarson was nominated for Best Emerging Talent in the 2013 British Comic Awards.She graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Illustration. Her work is a fusion of British and Japanese influences, and combines digital and traditional techniques; it has been featured in Neo Magazine, Electric Bloom Webzine, and in anthologies such as Leek and Sushi and Parallel Lives. Her current projects include the popular tea-inspired webcomic Cafe Suada, and her graphic novel Siddown! She lives in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.