Discussion Bound: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris« Back to Events
Second Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Meet at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)
This monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount.
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late 1960s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is fictional 10-year-old Karen Reyes’s graphic diary, filled with B-movie horror and pulp-monster magazine iconography. Karen tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, a Holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to the neighbor’s life in Nazi Germany, we discover how the personal, political, past, and present converge. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically and breathtakingly virtuosic visual style that combines panel sequences and montage, Ferris’s draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and R. Crumb. The screen rights for My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, a revelatory work of striking originality, were purchased by Sony Picture Studios within a month of its publication.