No One’s Gettin’ Fat, ‘Cept Mama Cass

California Dreamin' - Pénélope Bagieu, Pénélope Bagieu

California Dreamin’ is a graphic novel biography of Cass from the Mamas and the Papas. It portrays Cass as a bon vivant whose exuberance and incredible voice opens doors just as fast as her size and struggles with her body image shuts them. Starting with Cass’ childhood, the book follows her as she becomes a pot smoking, LSD dropping, reluctant folkie, and ends as the Mamas and Papas begin to have real trouble as the guys fight over the beautiful, but far less talented, Michelle. The expressive illustrations work well as do shifts in the style of the written letters. A fun book for anyone interested in the 60’s music scene.