The renowned graphic-book author Joyce Brabner's Second Avenue Caper is the true story of a tight-knit group of artists and activists living in New York City in the early 1980s who found themselves on the front lines in the fight against AIDS. Struggling to understand the disease and how they …
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
80p, b&w, hardcover, 6.5"x10"
Castrée draws perfectly - gestures that speak mountains, uncurling with neat script and strange anger. Most of the comics I've seen from her before Susceptible are rich, forest-y allegorical stories full of beauty and fury and loss. This is something different - a story of growing up transitory and hard, swinging through landmarks of her childhood, capturing the unpredictable blend of actions, thoughts and emotions that hurl one through life. This book is blunt - poetry is replaced with prose - and it embodies gorgeous pain, fills its borders with the intuitive questions, "this is how it happened?" Yes, difficult yes. -EF