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Beverly Paperback – January 26, 2016
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“Nick Drnaso's Beverly captures such a recognizable, raw feeling of the "now" that if it was a film Drnaso would be heralded as a "stunning new directorial voice." If it was a novel, he would be a "literary sensation." But Beverly's chilled windowpane views into the fogged American psyche are not cartoon copies of film or literature. They're something completely new. A debut book by a young writer-artist who has not only absorbed but also advanced beyond the comics which have preceded him, Beverly is the finest and most electrically complex graphic novel I've read in years, announcing an intelligent, shrewd and disquieting talent not only to comics, but also to writing and visual art. It will set its barbs in you and not let go.” ―Chris Ware, author of Building Stories
“Nick's precise drawings and unsettling stories present a world felt and filtered through a very particular (and palpable) consciousness, but not an ego, our world seen through alien, but not unsympathetic, eyes. It's impossible to predict what will happen from page to page, as narratives connect subtly and themes emerge slowly, but each re-reading bears new and satisfying surprises.” ―Ivan Brunetti, author of Aesthetics, a Memoir
"... uncomfortable, fascinating ... I read it in big enthusiastic gulps..."―Dan Kois, Slate
"...a suite of interlinked stories about blinkered, confused suburban youths, stranded somewhere in 1990s middle America."―Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail
"Drnaso's stories and characters, and perhaps his view of the world are ... achingly realistic, and all too familiar."―Janet Potter, The Chicago Reader
"The combination of the repression and uncertainty the characters feel is echoed in the numerous panels that are wholly devoid of people, showing just places but no life. Beverly is an accomplished graphic novel, and is highly recommended." - The Quietus
About the Author
Nick Drnaso was born in 1989 in Palos Hills, Illinois. He has contributed to several comics anthologies, self-published a handful of comics, been nominated for three Ignatz Awards, and coedited the second and third issue of Linework, Columbia College's annual comic anthology. Drnaso lives in Chicago, where he works as a cartoonist and illustrator.
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About his style, I should say this: I didn't cotton to it for the first story, but after that, wow. It's very clean, clinical, and crisp; if it is to be a biting commentary on suburban life, as some have suggested, then the antiseptic nature of this style only makes it more potent and powerful. I know that I started on this not really knowing what lay ahead, and an hour or so later, I was putting it back down, astounded by the world I had just encountered.
This is as perfect a debut as one could expect, and I'm looking forward to saying that his next work overshadows and outshines the greatness that is found in Beverly's colorful pages.....
Also the art style is very minimalist. It has a Chris Ware vibe to it. It works for the whole morbid/slice of life/ existential feel but it also made it difficult to tell characters apart at times.