My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol.1
Narrated by 10-year old Karen Reyes in the form of a hyper-articulate graphic diary employing the iconography of B movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines, My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a murder mystery, a family drama, a sweeping historical epic, and a psychological thriller about monsters, real and imagined, within and without. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late вЂ™60s Chicago. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we get to watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold, including her brother, Deeze, a heroin-addicted Vietnam war vet; Sam вЂњHotstepвЂќ Silverberg, a jazz musician; Mr. Gronan, a mobster; Leroy, a drag queen; and Mr. Chugg, a ventriloquist. When KarenвЂ™s investigation takes us back to AnkaвЂ™s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal and the political, and the past and the present, converge, and how even the good can harbor a touch of the monstrous. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically and breathtakingly virtuosic visual style that combines panel sequences and montage, Emil FerrisвЂ™ draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Robert Crumb. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a revelatory work of striking originality and will undoubtedly be greeted as the debut graphic novel of the year.