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Kate Schneider


On sale date: February 22, 2022

In Headland, artist Kate Schneider pays tribute to her departed grandmother. A quietly powerful work of graphic medicine by a promising new comics talent.

Following a stroke, 95-year-old Ruth wakes up in a cold, unfamiliar hospital. To escape her grim surroundings, she retreats into a wilderness within her mind. In this interior world she befriends a tortoise who accompanies her on a journey into the unknown. As the days pass, Ruth's hold on the material world wanes and she moves deeper into her own landscape.

In Headland, artist Kate Schneider pays tribute to her departed grandmother, presenting with deeply felt empathy a perspective little represented in popular literature. Drawn with soft pencils and lush colors, this graphic novel explores the tensions between safety and autonomy, language and silence, holding on and letting go.


"Schneider's pencil is soft, texturally preoccupied, drawing out moments and spaces between things — yet piercing in its renditions of mundanity, loneliness, confusion, and the unravelling of reality. Headland is a heartbreaker." — Georgia Webber (Dumb: Living Without a Voice)

"It can be so difficult, so terrifying, really, to witness and wonder about and honor someone's fundamental solitude. To regard our solitudes as wonders. Kate Schneider's Headland is precisely that — a lyric wonder about a beloved's deepest solitude — that feels as loving, as beloving, as true, as almost anything I've ever read. This is a beautiful book." — Ross Gay (The Book of Delights)

"A sensitive, subtle, moody, and wistful story, beautifully drawn." — Ellen Forney (Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life)

"Kate Schneider's sensitive study stands out as a major highlight." — Paul Gravett (director, ComICA)

"Gentle and beautiful ... you're totally drawn into the world [of Headland]." — Inner States


Paperback / Softback
7.1" × 9.1"