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My Favorite Thing is Monsters

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Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.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 

The story draws on EC Comics, Holocaust literature, detective fiction, monster movies, children’s literature à la Harriet the Spy and more, weaving a complex tapestry through the 1960s that surprisingly parallels our current era.” — Artforum

The story draws on EC Comics, Holocaust literature, detective fiction, monster movies, children’s literature à la Harriet the Spy and more, weaving a complex tapestry through the 1960s that surprisingly parallels our current era.Paste

After the author was featured on a March episode of NPR's Fresh Air, Monsters became the Hamilton of graphic novels — impossible to get your hands on without paying a steep price.Tampa Bay Times

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

It’s the best graphic novel to come along in recent memory.”  Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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

At its heart is a vision of a young girl trying to find her way in a world full of pain and fear and horror. Why, in that case, would you not want to be a werewolf if only as an act of defence?Herald Scotland

Listen to Ferris's interview on Fresh Air

Read Ferris's interview with The Guardian

Read Ferris's interview with the CBR

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.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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