"Nod Away is like a night terror. It has the terrible urgency of dreams. Passageways go on forever but also trap you; you’re jostled by characters who are painfully alive but are as helpless as dolls. Cotter is loving & brutal both. You shout out loud but stay sleeping." — Eleanor Davis
"Cotter tells an expansive story that travels from the deepest recesses of the human mind to the sprawling vacuum of deep space, offering a multi-faceted look at how technology impacts human behavior and changes the course of history." — The A.V. Club
"There are echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the biggest similarity to Kubrick lies in Cotter’s understanding that there is nothing more terrifying than experiencing something that lies beyond the limits of your comprehension. " — Vulture
"Nod Away distinguishes itself through its use of both conventional and extremely atypical storytelling. Cotter's often nonconforming page layouts expertly accentuate the consciousness of the innernet, dropping readers into a cerebral world that exists beyond tangible, dimensional boundaries. Whether set in the physical world or within the innernet, the book is a mind-warp." — Under the Radar
"What makes the work so compelling is Cotter’s ability to let things unfold at a precise pace, allowing us to get to know the characters and setting up a sequence of drama that doesn’t really give you the tools to guess what is coming next. And yet with each unexpected moment, the actions of the characters, because he has given such care to them, remain true and consistent, becoming the anchor in the wild ride." — Comics Beat
Nod Away is the new graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Joshua Cotter. Set primarily on a near-future version of Earth, a deep space transport has been developed to take a small crew to an earth-like, habitable planet in a nearby system in an attempt to begin colonization/repopulation. In this near future, the Internet is now accessed telepathically and referred to as the “innernet.” Initially developed by the military, two-thirds of the world’s population is now able to connect and share information via a specialized central hub. When that hub is revealed to be a human child, political pressure prompts the need for a more humane solution. Melody McCabe is hired to develop this new hub on the second International Space Station, where the deep space transport has recently docked and where most of Nod Away takes place. Working within the structure of sci-fi, Nod Away moves back and forth between physical and psychological worlds, utilizing traditional and abstract storytelling styles in a way that blends the approaches his two previous books, Skyscrapers of the Midwest and Driven by Lemons. In Nod Away, Cotter explores what consciousness could be, where it could possibly be located, and what function or point it might serve. Nod Away is the first installment in an ongoing, multi-volume series and fans can look forward to more releases to come in the near future.