After losing his girlfriend and hip Boston apartment, Karl Stevens moves into a spare room in his painting professor s home, where his bohemian adventures in sex and boozing converge with the rituals of life with a family and an unruly beagle named Cookie. In a series of humorous, poignant, and gorgeously rendered stories, The Lodger chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of the author as he grows as an artist and a man. Combining comic strips originally published in The Phoenix, Boston’s leading alternative weekly, with exquisite watercolors and oil paintings, The Lodger follows the Xeric-winning and Ignatz-nominated artist s Guilty and Whatever as a penetrating and visually stunning depiction of love, loss, and the moving minutiae of everyday life.
Karl Stevens is a graphic novelist and painter whose comics have appeared regularly in the New Yorker, Village Voice, and Boston Phoenix. Stevens’ graphic novels include Whatever (2008), The Lodger (2010), Failure (2013), The Winner (2018), and Penny: A Graphic Memoir (2021) He lives in Boston with his wife Alex and their cats, Penny and Pepper.
“Warm and heartfelt despite itself, The Lodger is an experimental comic about a less-than-experimental man.” —Publishers Weekly
Nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
96 page paperback. Color/BxW