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Glenn Head

Chartwell Manor

On sale date: May 25, 2021

Veteran alternative cartoonist Glenn Head's harrowing graphic memoir is about years of sexual and emotional abuse suffered at a boarding school during his adolescence, and the resultant trauma that took him almost 50 years to process before being able to tell his story publicly.

No one asks for the childhood they get, and no child ever deserved to go to Chartwell Manor. For Glenn Head, his two years spent at the now-defunct Mendham, NJ, boarding school — run by a serial sexual and emotional abuser of young boys in the early 1970s — left emotional scars in ways that he continues to process. This graphic memoir — a book almost 50 years in the making — tells the story of that experience, and then delves with even greater detail into the reverberations of that experience in adulthood, including addiction and other self-destructive behavior. Head tells his story with unsparing honesty, depicting himself as a deeply flawed human struggling to make sense of the childhood he was given.

All preordered copies of Chartwell Manor will include an exclusive Fantagraphics bookplate autographed by the author. Copies ordered after the release date will receive a bookplate while supplies last, so preorder now!


"This is a great graphic novel. I couldn't put it down... Starkly honest, a powerful story...the level of merciless self examination...I was deeply impressed. Head has traveled a long way to get to this point. This is... well, okay, I'll say it... A Masterpiece! Truly. Very few writers or artists ever reach this level of self-revealing truth. It's good for the world..." — R. Crumb

"Chartwell Manor is a painful, riveting and brutally honest memoir — possibly the most honest one I've ever read. I loved it! This clearly took a lot of guts to produce, as well as a lifetime to process!" — Peter Bagge

"A troubling but important piece of graphic work. If you're new to Glenn Head's comics then this book is a perfect place to start, and if you've been a reader of his for a long time then Chartwell Manor will give you a fuller understanding and insight into Head's long career and comics output." — Noah Van Sciver

"Head's swirling, bug-eyed style channels the freakish and frantic energy of underground comix with such fidelity that every page feels thick with smoke and adventurous grandiosity. " — Publishers Weekly

"A harrowing and important graphic novel." — Hollywood Reporter


Black and white
7.9" × 10.4"