My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
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,…
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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is described as a graphic novel, but it takes the form of the notebook of a 10-year-old girl who is obsessed with monsters. The art is terrific and the story is haunting and mysterious. I’ve always been a notebook person myself, filling up stacks of sketchbooks through my childhood and teens, so the way the main character processed her life by scribbling on a page really resonated with me. This book is super unique, from the way the character always draws herself as a werewolf, to the mysterious death of her upstairs neighbor, and the…
This book is incredibly well-layered. It is a facsimile of an angsty teen’s diary who thinks she is a werewolf on the one hand, while also telling a haunting tale of her next door neighbour’s history as well. The art also pays homage to old monster comics from the 1950s. All drawn in a miraculous ball-pen technique. An amazing piece of work.
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