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The mysterious death of a neighbor is the springboard for MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris, a coming-of-age story featuring comic book lover and intrepid amateur sleuth Karen, a girl who dons the hat and overcoat of every gum-shoe TV detective, but who otherwise is resoundingly original.

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ISBN: 9781606999592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 14th, 2017

Karen is growing-up in Chicago’s inner city in the late 1960s at the hands of a single mother and older brother. Karen’s constant companion during her many solitary hours is her imagination—a rich, fertile space to consider the possible secrets and intrigues of the adults that inhabit her world. Karen has been schooled in art by her brother during their frequent visits to the city’s art museum, and MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS is a graphic novel comprised of text and drawings that Karen creates in her spiral bound school notebook. The novel’s wonderfully detailed drawings, in both color and black and white, serve to not only demonstrate Karen’s budding talent as an artist, but also crystalize the imagery and feelings of the novel’s prose.

As Karen investigates the beautiful Anika’s death she learns of her neighbor’s tragic history and the circumstances leading up to her demise. At the same time, Karen’s own world is roiled by romantic feelings for her best friend, Chicago’s overheated racial climate provoked by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and revelations about her own family history.

In the tradition of the best noir, MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS asks us to consider whether the true monsters are the creepy creatures that inhabit our nightmares or, instead, the seemingly ordinary people whom we pass on the street in the day’s bright light.

This, the first volume of MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, is available now; Volume 2 is slated for publication August 2018.