A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER!
Discover the triumphant new graphic novel from the creator of Essex County and Sweet Tooth.
As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.
Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface.
“The most spectacular episode of The Twilight Zone that was never produced. I really, really care about the people in this story… And I can pretty much guarantee you will too.” — From the introduction by Damon Lindelof (LOST, Star Trek, Prometheus)
“Lemire’s stylized art and inventive panel structure is the perfect vehicle for his well-told story, and the tale’s poignant moments make the moments of desolation even more heart-wrenching… A beautiful, moving, wholly satisfying story about fatherhood and growing up.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Lemire] has not lost his ability to pack an emotional wallop.” — George Gustines, The New York Times
“The Underwater Welder… is all kinds of wonderful. Buy it. You will wet yourself with tears, your brain will spin from masterful storytelling, and you will love it.” — Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
“Beautiful… Lemire’s command of pacing and his ability to come up with just the right image at just the right moment are a wonder.” — Noel Murray, The Onion AV Club
“Like all of Lemire’s work, [The Underwater Welder] packs an emotional gut punch that hits you when you’re not expecting it. It’s sure to stand as one of the year’s best books in any medium.” — Ryan Hamm, Under the Radar
224 page black and white paperback with color covers and French flaps
Top Shelf Productions, 2012