Ducks (GraphicNovel, 2022, Drawn & Quarterly) 5 stars

Before there was Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling cartoonist of Hark! A Vagrant, there …

a world of violations

5 stars

“Enjoy” isn’t quite the right word for a read that’s about something as nuanced and anguished as this is, but it’s also apt. I lingered over it and zoomed through it. It’s generous and devastating, sympathetic to the awful positions poor people find themselves in to get by and to the ways it warps who they are, and devastating in how it depicts the violence directed at everyone—women and the land, especially, but also the men who are used up without regard to turn profits for the company.