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Selections from the work Sue Coe has done with Monte Beauchamp, editor of Blab!, [Seattle: Fantagraphics Books] are given here. Select the images to enlarge them. Select the titles to link to images on subsequent pages.

Sue Coe, Ghost Sheep
Blab! 13 Autumn 2002


Sue Coe and Judy Brody Weapons of Mass Destruction
Blab! 14 Autumn 2003


Sue Coe, The Man with No Heart
New & Used Blab!, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2003


Sue Coe and Judith Brody Fowl Plague
Blab! 15 Autumn 2004


Sue Coe and Judith Brody Run
Blab! 16 Autumn 2005


Sue Coe and Judith Brody Hurricane
Blab! 17 Autumn 2006


Sue Coe and Kim Stallwood An Elephant Never Forgets
Blab! 18 Autumn 2007
An Elephant Never Forgets chronicles the life of a circus elephant named Topsy. Her life begins and ends in murder: first her mother was killed, to make Topsy's capture possible. Ultimately, in a 1903 demonstration designed by Thomas Edison to prove the dangers of AC current, Topsy herself was publicly electrocuted.

In between, the newly orphaned Topsy endured a sea voyage from India to America, imprisonment and slavery in a circus, where keepers fed her whiskey and harshly trained her to perform 'silly tricks'. When a man dropped a lit cigarette on her tongue, she threw him to the ground, killing him. The site of her execution at Luna Park had once been occupied by The Elephant Hotel, which operated as a brothel and burned in 1896.
see also Sue Coe's Elephant Tales
Another Topsy image with details, not previously published


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Last update: 09 July 2011