Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks, 9780805082852, 144pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Kit is a bored sixteen-year-old with nothing to do one summer when he starts feeding stray cats. He loves it when cool, artistic Jess helps him out, even though he has to endure constant taunting by her disaffected metalhead friends. They make fun of him for being like the local cat lady, but Kit doesn't care—especially after Jess draws him an anime-style avatar named Katman.
Exploring themes of abandonment and the transformative power of art, this is an emotionally astute coming-of-age tale from the hugely talented Kevin C. Pyle.
About the Author
Kevin C. Pyle is the author/illustrator of both graphic novels and non-fiction "docu-comics" on issues of social justice. In the early 90s he co-founded and edited the willfully obscure and unwieldy comic compendium "Hodags and Hodaddies." Shortly thereafter, Kevin began contributing and co-editing World War 3 Illustrated, America's longest-running radical comics anthology. Much of the work done for WW3 Illustrated was collected in his 2001 docu-comic, Lab U.S.A.: Illuminated Documents. A non-fiction comic investigation of clandestine racist and authoritarian science, Lab U.S.A. won the Silver Medal for Sequential Art from the Society of Illustrators. Kevin has done performance and installations based on the text that have been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mass MOCA, and numerous gallery settings. His first graphic novel, Blindspot, was published in 2007 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. It was included in the Best American Comics 2008, edited by Lynda Barry. Katman, also with Henry Holt, was published in 2009 and named a YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Great Graphic Novel for 2010. His third graphic novel, Take What You Can Carry, was published in March 2012, and he is currently working on a non-fiction docu-comic with Scott Cunningham called Bad for You, which is about the history of kid-centric moral panics in America.