The first chapter in an ambitious comic book adaptation of Nathanael West’s novel. The Depression-era story is about a young writer hired to be a newsaper advice columnist. The desperation and sorrow of the letters he receives drives him into a deep depression, and he tries different methods of coping with the outrageous injustice of the world. But the story is also very darkly comic. The adaptation is being serialized chapter by chapter.
“This first chapter of her adaptation immediately drew me in; she took to heart West’s comic strip aspirations, and in her visualizations of the letter writers each scribe is depicted as resembling bedraggled or corrupted versions of iconic comic strip characters such as Popeye, Little Orphan Annie, or Nancy and Sluggo. Gamboa’s return to the scene is very welcome and I eagerly await the next chapter, and then the next, and the next after that…” — Rob Kirby
“the story is told one panel per page and the art styles switch from graytoned cartoony realism to black and white bigfoot exaggeration depending on the scene. The tension between the styles builds and the rhythm of the 1,2 of the panels and the page turns is executed precisely and makes you want to read it all again and again. I forgot how intense this story is – it very much lends itself to a comic book treatment. Why it works is that the treatment is rooted stylistically to the time period rendered.” — Frank Santoro, The Comics Journal
40 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, black and white with a color cover.