How I Tried to Be a Good Person is a story of sexual obsession, gender conflict, and self-liberation, told with an honesty few cartoonists are capable of. This powerfully vulnerable graphic memoir picks up directly where its predecessor (Today Is The Last Day Of The Rest Of Your Life) left off, following Lust's life as a young, enthusiastic anarchist making her way in 1990s Vienna. In the hopes of fulfilling all of her romantic needs, Lust heedlessly enters into a tumultuous love triangle with two men: the “perfect companion” Georg, an actor twenty years her elder, and the “perfect lover” Kimata, a Nigerian man-about-town. As her relationships with the two men evolve, jealousy increasingly mounts and the ensuing violent emotions soon leave her worried for her life.
"An intimate and imaginative follow-up graphic memoir to Lust's Ignatz award–winning punk travelogue." — Publishers Weekly
"Lust’s energetic, searching book ... reveals the power of desire — and the pain when jealousy rears its head." — The Guardian
"Lust’s bluntly honest account grants us a look at a courageous but alarming life." — Booklist
"A wonderful testament to the power of auto-bio graphic memoir." — Comics Grinder
"Lust’s examination of a pivotal and formative period of her life leaves no stone unturned and stands out for its absolute emotional honesty. Brave, confident, and visually literate in the extreme, How I Tried establishes its author as a true master of the medium." — Four Color Apocalypse
"Lust is determined to live her truth, even occasionally putting herself in physical danger. At other times, she’s left contemplating the line between self-actualization and selfishness. Lust relates all this in an uncompromisingly frank manner, with anthropological detail. It’s a rich narrative." — The Comics Journal
Read an exlcusive excerpt at The Paris Review