In addition to its many strips, The Sylvia Chronicles contains the added bonus of a little history. Hollander tells us how the cartoon character was born and how she developed her idea into a nationally syndicated strip that today appears in over 80 newspapers around the U.S. While she provides a welcome window into the creative process, she follows it quickly by a proffered boot out the door to Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Palin. Thirty years may be a long time in politics, but Sylvia traverses it — and does so with a startling completeness — in a mere 126 pages.
Hollander first began providing commentary on the foibles of those of us who partake in American life in 1979, setting Sylvia in Chicago and giving her a pair of high-heeled fuzzy slippers, a shock of black hair and a total lack of inhibition. The absurdities she uncovers as she lets Sylvia’s ideas run wild have won her millions of loyal fans.
Linda F. Burghardt is a New York-based journalist and author who has contributed commentary, breaking news, and features to major newspapers across the U.S., in addition to having three non-fiction books published. She writes frequently on Jewish topics and is now serving as Scholar-in-Residence at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County.