Muted watercolor illustrations paired with grade school cursive on grade school writing paper published from the Seattle small press, Fantagraphics, I was endeared to Mannie Murphy from the beginning. Genderqueer and a Portland native themself, Murphy illustrates the dark history of the Rose City as well as the life and death of their teenage adulation, River Phoenix. My only complaint is that I wanted more!
I have experienced a lot of side-eyes glances and unwelcome critique for my love of the horror genre, the assumption being that my outlook and tastes must be base if not subterranean.Tell that to Carol J. Clover. Through thoughtful and academic lenses she looks at the slasher/horror genre as one with the potential to build empathy. This book reminds me that guilt and pleasure should never occupy the same space.
An earnest and purposeful and gently worded book about the significant and unique relationships between loved ones and an important book to guide discussions of bodily autonomy and decisions to share space - mental, physical, emotional - with others.
If you and your youngins are not watching Steven Universe, please reconsider. It is the best show for kids since Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. SERIOUSLY!