This is essentially a short story in graphic format, and it can easily be read in one sitting. A stray dog named Ivan yearns to belong somewhere. A roving pack of dogs comes into town, and he considers joining their pack while also wondering if it would be better to be a house pet like one of his friends. It is impossible not to empathize with his desire to be part of a community while still keeping his freedom. While this is a story of one dog, the themes are universal. If you are a dog lover like me, you will adore the drawings of Ivan and the other dogs!
The Voyeurs is a memoir of five years in the life of Gabrielle Bell. It collects episodes from her series Lucky, in which she travels to Tokyo and other places, but it centers on her life in Brooklyn. Bell gives us a glimpse into the life of an artist who is more often watching and recording her friends and others rather than experiencing life herself. The illustrations are wonderful.
The Underwater Welder transports you to another world--the deep watery world of emotions and memories, past and present, birth and death. The welder is Jack, a man who lost his father at a young age and is now expecting his first child. As Jack dives deeper, he is pulled further away from his wife and their unborn son and back to his past and his despair over his father's tragic death. This haunting and gripping story is about the relationships between parent and child, growing up, overcoming grief, and looking toward the future to start again.