Thirty-something Adam Kline is an aspiring artist with bleak prospects, stuck in a thankless adjunct teaching gig and married to an ambitious woman tired of supporting his starry-eyed pipe dreams. Just as things seem to be looking up for hapless Adam, he begins to black out at random and awaken in a pitch-dark void surrounded by billions of probing eyes. When these uncanny visions appear in his real life, he starts to worry that he’s losing his mind…
In The Rough Pearl, Xeric Award-winning cartoonist Kevin Mutch skewers the pretentious world of academia and the soul-crushing New York art scene — and enlivens this wry, slice of life (and death) tale with a touch of the surreal.
"Kevin Mutch mercilessly examines romantic failure, artistic pretentiousness, self-delusion, and fear of zombies. Self-lacerating and hilarious." — Matt Madden (99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style)
"A sweaty mix of angst, bad decisions and hallucination, told with an involuntary, blurted-out kind of honesty." — Joe Ollmann (The Abominable Mr. Seabrook)
"Mutch draws readers into the full bloom of mental breakdown in this viciously satirical graphic novel." — Publishers Weekly