The Resource Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso

Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso

Label
Sabrina
Title
Sabrina
Statement of responsibility
by Nick Drnaso
Creator
Artist
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Tone
Illustration
Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2018
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2018.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Drnaso’s debut, Beverly (2016), offered a quietly forceful examination of suburban ennui. Here, he ups the ante with a masterful look at the emotional toll taken by the dehumanizing forces at large in modern society. It begins with the disappearance of the titular Sabrina, a young woman living in a Chicago suburb, but the focus shifts to Calvin, an airman stationed in Colorado, who agrees to take in the boyfriend of the missing woman, his childhood friend, Teddy. Emotionally fraught and withdrawn, Teddy borders on catatonia, while Calvin is dealing with his own problems. Separated from his wife and daughter, he’s considering moving to Florida to be near them. Once Sabrina’s grisly fate is revealed through a videotape, a susceptible Teddy becomes obsessed with a fringe radio show’s broadcasts about the murder, and conspiracy theorists implicate Calvin in a perceived coverup of the crime. Drnaso’s restrained visual approach—a rigid panel grid; thin, unrendered lines; and a flat, muted color palate—underscores the quiet desperation of his characters. Most panels contain only a single figure, accentuating their disconnection and isolation. Drnaso’s subtly penetrating work is an incisive depiction of emotionally stunted men who don’t need a tragedy to display the symptoms of trauma victims. -- Flagg, Gordon (Reviewed 6/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 19, p56)
  • In this graphic novel from a rising star in the indie comics scene, a young woman vanishes, leaving behind her grieving sister and lover. But this coolly despairing narrative focuses on a character only tangentially connected to the incident: Calvin, a divorced, sleeved-blanket-wearing Air Force technician who was friends with the boyfriend in high school. When Calvin agrees to let his old friend crash at his place, he becomes the target of vague, hostile conspiracy theories spread by internet cranks and late-night radio hosts. Like Drnaso’s debut, Beverly, the small, precise dramas of Midwestern suburban life are positioned against a larger canvas of contemporary paranoia, rumor-mongering, and violence. The art is characterized by simplified, blocky figures moving though meticulously measured geometric settings—Drnaso wears the influence of Chris Ware on his sleeve. But these comics are much talkier; interstitial, small square panels are filled with blocks of dialogue. The result is a well-crafted, if often frustratingly distant, indie drama, as if Drnaso is reluctant to let too much messy emotion into his careful dioramas. (May)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/08/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 02, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In Drnaso's enthralling sophomore effort (after the acclaimed Beverly), a woman named Sabrina vanishes from her Chicago apartment, leaving friends and family haunted by what might have befallen her. Unable to cope, her boyfriend Teddy takes refuge with his childhood friend Calvin, a U.S. Air Force airman struggling with the end of his marriage. When Sabrina's horrific fate is finally revealed, our cast find themselves at the center of a news cycle quickly warped by a paranoid, apocalyptic radio host and his legion of online supporters who refuse to believe the official story. Cinematic and deeply timely, this tale is torn from today's darkest headlines of fake news, terrorism, and the ultimately dehumanizing effect of the Internet. Drnaso's artwork seems basic at a glance, but page to page, panel to panel it reveals depths of emotion that culminate in a reading experience guaranteed to linger. VERDICT More indictment of modern life than satire, and almost sure to be one of the most discussed graphic novels of the year—if not the next several, this should skyrocket Drnaso to the top tier of comics creators today. --Tom Batten (Reviewed 06/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 10, p67)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10657980
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Drnaso, Nick
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN6727.D75
LC item number
S23 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Missing women
  • Social media
  • Rumor
  • Divorced men
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Technology
Label
Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Chiefly illustrations
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
203 pages
Isbn
9781770463165
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
bl2018085815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
Label
Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso
Publication
Note
Chiefly illustrations
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
203 pages
Isbn
9781770463165
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
bl2018085815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)

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