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Editorial Reviews


“Drawn with Bic pen on lined notebook paper, this moody and ravishing graphic novel takes the form of a sketchbook diary. Growing up in Chicago in the 1960s, 10-year-old Karen Reyes investigates the suspicious death of her glamorous neighbor and finds troubling clues lurking close to her own home. … An eerie masterpiece of the monsters around and within us.”
- The New York Times ― Critics’ Pick

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is not only Ferris’s first graphic novel but also her first published work. ... Yet her mastery of comics, her pyrotechnic drawings, and her nested narratives are already placing her among the greatest practitioners of the form.”
- The New Yorker

“This extraordinary book has instantly rocketed Ferris into the graphic novel elite alongside Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel and Chris Ware. You see, she's produced something rare, a page-turning story whose pages are so brilliantly drawn you don't want to turn them.”
- Terry Gross, NPR: Fresh Air

“A thrilling and surprisingly profound novel ... The book is a fine balance of stunning artwork and terrific writing.”
- Chicago Tribune

“One of the most profound, ambitious and accomplished creative works to appear in any medium this decade. ... Rarely have words and pictures worked together so seamlessly in service of such a complex narrative.”
- Forbes

“The novel tackles race, gender, and what it means to be 'monstrous' in big and small ways. It could not be more relevant to today’s climate.”
- Mother Jones

“No one has ever made a comic like Emil Ferris’s assured, superhumanly ambitious two-part debut graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. ... It threatens not merely to exceed established standards of excellence, but to set new ones.”
- The Guardian

“An ambitious, emotional, beautifully illustrated exploration of a 10-year-old girl’s experience growing up late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is an astounding debut, weaving an intricate web of plot threads that keeps the reader compelled from beginning to end.”
- The A.V. Club

“An extraordinary literary experience that tackles questions of racial, sexual, cultural, professional, and class identity with aplomb and aesthetic glory. Welcome to the canon, Ms. Ferris.”
- Vulture

“Each page of the book is a small masterpiece: detailed, passionate, leaking genius. Ferris’s artwork bullies and commands the reader’s attention, each page bringing her to the brink of exhaustion because the struggle between art and words is so great, and the whole is so sensorially overwhelming.”
- The Los Angeles Review of Books --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Emil Ferris grew up Chicago during the turbulent 1960s, where she still lives, and is consequently a devotee of all things monstrous and horrific. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • File size : 673140 KB
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Publication date : February 15, 2017
  • Publisher : Fantagraphics; Illustrated edition (February 15, 2017)
  • Print length : 388 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B01D5H511C
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 533 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fusion of David Lynch, a pre-teen diary and a horror flick. Utterly mesmerising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh. My. Goodness. What a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG - monstrously good!
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