The Rough Pearl (Paperback)
Fantagraphics, 9781683962847, 180pp.
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Xeric Award-winning cartoonist Kevin Mutch skewers theory-spouting academics, sleazy art dealers, and obnoxious over-sharers.
In this graphic novel, Adam Kline is an aspiring artist with bleak prospects, stuck in a thankless adjunct teaching gig and married to an ambitious woman tired of supporting his starry-eyed pipe dreams. Just as things seem to be looking up for hapless Adam, he begins to black out at random and awaken in a pitch-dark void surrounded by billions of probing eyes. When these uncanny visions appear in his real life, he starts to worry that he’s losing his mind…
About the Author
Praise For The Rough Pearl…
— Matt Madden, author of 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
A sweaty mix of angst, bad decisions and hallucination, told with an involuntary, blurted-out kind of honesty.
— Joe Ollmann, author of The Abominable Mr. Seabrook
Mutch draws readers into the full bloom of mental breakdown in this viciously satirical graphic novel.