Book of the Month: Ellerbisms (April 13)
For this collection he’s ditched some of those strips in order to give more coherence to the story of his burgeoning relationship with Anna, a young Swedish woman he meets at the bookstore where they both worked. We follow them as their love blooms: they move in together, take trips to the cinema, to comic conventions, to Canada and Sweden; and we’re there with them for all the lows as well as the tender moments. Given the nature of the project (i.e. one strip a day highlighting one fleeting moment) there’s a dislocation to the narrative but that mirrors the way life really is: we remember our past through little incidents, not one overriding grand arc. And as a document of young love in the 21st century, this feels incredibly true and had me really rooting for the young protagonists. Funny, poignant and brave this is a real tour-de-force.