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My Favorite Thing is Monsters

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Narrated by 10-year old Karen Reyes in the form of a hyper-articulate graphic diary employing the iconography of B movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines, My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a murder mystery, a family drama, a sweeping historical epic, and a psychological thriller about monsters, real and imagined, within and without. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we get to watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold, including her brother, Deeze, a heroin-addicted Vietnam war vet; Sam “Hotstep” Silverberg, a jazz musician; Mr. Gronan, a mobster; Leroy, a drag queen; and Mr. Chugg, a ventriloquist. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal and the political, and the past and the present, converge, and how even the good can harbor a touch of the monstrous. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically and breathtakingly virtuosic visual style that combines panel sequences and montage, Emil Ferris’ draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Robert Crumb. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a revelatory work of striking originality and will undoubtedly be greeted as the debut graphic novel of the year.

Pages:
386
Colors:
full color
Format:
Softcover
Dimensions:
8 ¾” x 11”
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-959-2
Year:
2017

Press Highlights:

Ms. Ferris’s blood-tingling debut graphic novel oozes with the secrets and hungers that shadow childhood. ... [Her] ferocious Expressionistic art, with its Crumb-like crosshatching, nails the grit-in-your-mouth feel of her home city.”  New York Times

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is not only Ferris’s first graphic novel but also her first published work. ... Yet her mastery of comics, her pyrotechnic drawings, and her nested narratives are already placing her among the greatest practitioners of the form.”  New Yorker

This extraordinary book has instantly rocketed Ferris into the graphic novel elite alongside Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel and Chris Ware. You see, she's produced something rare, a page-turning story whose pages are so brilliantly drawn you don't want to turn them.” — NPR: Fresh Air

“Emil Ferris is one of the most important comics artists of our time.”  Art Spiegelman

“One of the most profound, ambitious and accomplished creative works to appear in any medium this decade. ... Rarely have words and pictures worked together so seamlessly in service of such a complex narrative. ” — Forbes

No one has ever made a comic like Emil Ferris’s assured, superhumanly ambitious two-part debut graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters ... it threatens not merely to exceed established standards of excellence, but to set new ones.” — The Guardian

“A thrilling and surprisingly profound novel ... The book is a fine balance of stunning artwork and terrific writing.” — Chicago Tribune

“Haunting, ambitious, and altogether remarkable.” — Chicago Magazine

“A knotty, richly drawn graphic novel that blends memoir, pulp horror, detective fiction, and historical drama.” — Chicago Reader

“An ambitious, emotional, beautifully illustrated exploration of a 10-year-old girl’s experience growing up late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is an astounding debut, weaving an intricate web of plot threads that keeps the reader compelled from beginning to end.”  The A.V. Club 

A thick, sumptuous feast of unforgettable sketch-mark visuals and sonorous text.”  Vulture

Unfurling in a powerful wave, her detective story is extraordinarily beautiful but also intelligently thought-out and deeply felt.”  Paste Magazine

Ferris’s debut graphic novel is moving and funny, but, created in the form of a kids’ composition notebook, it is also imaginative and inventive. She’s found new ways to tell a powerfully literary visual story.”  Publishers Weekly

My Favorite Thing is Monsters is like that quilt: weird, unique, lovingly crafted from caring and devotion – and a book I know I will cherish. Oh yeah, and Ferris is one hell of a block-letterer.  The Comics Journal

Virtuosic, unflinching, operatic and simply exhilarating, this is one of the greatest comics debuts, frankly, ever.  Globe and Mail

Karen can deeply empathize with the suffering of others — and forces us to as well.  Chicago Review of Books

Absolutely riveting artwork and a captivating, '60s-era murder mystery set in the form of the diary of a young girl. The best comics debut of the year so far.  Large Hearted Boy

PLEASE NOTE: in print means this title has been published, it may be temporarily out of stock at our warehouse. Please call to check availability if this is a rush order.

Narrated by 10-year old Karen Reyes in the form of a hyper-articulate graphic diary employing the iconography of B movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines, My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a murder mystery, a family drama, a sweeping historical epic, and a psychological thriller about monsters, real and imagined, within and without. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we get to watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold, including her brother, Deeze, a heroin-addicted Vietnam war vet; Sam “Hotstep” Silverberg, a jazz musician; Mr. Gronan, a mobster; Leroy, a drag queen; and Mr. Chugg, a ventriloquist. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal and the political, and the past and the present, converge, and how even the good can harbor a touch of the monstrous. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically and breathtakingly virtuosic visual style that combines panel sequences and montage, Emil Ferris’ draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Robert Crumb. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a revelatory work of striking originality and will undoubtedly be greeted as the debut graphic novel of the year.

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