Filled with visceral and engaging prose, this graphic novella offers a nostalgic look at two young misfits who manage to find belonging and heartbreak in each other’s friendship.
Anjeline walks with an open heart, but alone, through a world that consistently rejects her; Franck, another loner, never smiles. After the hand of fate literally shoves them together in the roiling mosh pit at a Midtown rock concert, they bond over the long commute back to Staten Island, and begin a friendship that makes the world a little better for them both. Together, this strange pair turns the sharp-edged, gloomy New York City into their playground...even as pain and heartbreak await around the corner.
Jeremy Jusay received his arts education at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, and he is currently the senior background designer at Augenblick Studios, which has produced animation for such acclaimed TV series as Wonder Showzen, Superjail!, and Ugly Americans. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Flashes of poetry….in this gentle, nostalgic vision of the 1990s alternative scene….Jusay wears his artistic influences, especially clean-line indie cartoonists such as Jaime Hernandez and Dan Clowes, on his sleeve….It’s hard not to share…the artist’s love for the characters and the very particular time and place they inhabit.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sweetly poignant….A sensitive, understated depiction of how miraculous it feels to encounter a soul similar to one’s own.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Rating 9/10…a story that any outcast/loner can relate to….The world that Jusay presents to the reader can feel somewhat bleak, which is only heightened because it’s in black-and-white. Yet there is so much heart and little moments of humor that it never makes you sad when you’re reading it….touching and beautiful….This might just be one of the best books you read this upcoming year.” —The Comic Lounge
"Jusay captures something essential here in Anjeline’s feelings for Franck: that hard-to-articulate teenage fascination....Jusay’s black inking style is crisp and detailed for both figures and scenery, especially in the architecture of landmarks like the Cloisters, Brooklyn Bridge, and Staten Island Ferry." —Booklist