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I Am Young

M. Dean


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This debut graphic novel is a series of short stories tied together by one about two teenagers who meet and fall in love after a 1964 Beatles concert in Scotland.

This story is told in dual perspective by Miriam (a second-generation Iranian immigrant living in Edinburgh with her family) and George (a visitor from Wales). Their relationship throughout the decades mirrors the Beatles’s. In the other stories in this book, thematically bound by relationship flux and the impact of culture, Dean experiments beautifully with style and storytelling devices in each piece.

Praise For I Am Young

A thrilling, heart-swelling thing to read.
— Matt Fraction

M. Dean has a voice and vision entirely, thrillingly her own.
— Brian K. Vaughan

This stunning debut pulls off the rare feat of drawing about music with authenticity and charm.
— Publishers Weekly

A touching collection of stories that all readers will enjoy.
— Adventures in Poor Taste

Dean’s beguiling art pulls the reader trippingly into a 1960s teen romance.
— The Washington Post

[Dean's stories are] told through complex, experimental visuals that are unfailingly absorbing. ... This book about the past makes you wonder what its author will do next.
— NPR Books

While the focus of Dean’s book might appear to be music, it’s really identity. Music is the announcement of who we are, but Dean is just as committed to depicting what lies under the songs.
— The Beat

Fantagraphics, 9781683961390, 108pp.

Publication Date: November 20, 2018

About the Author

M. Dean is an illustrator and cartoonist originally from the west coast of Florida and now living in New York City. She is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and a collector of odd thrift-store junk.