cover image Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi. Nantier Beall Minoustchine, $24.99 (144p) ISBN 978-1-68112-191-8

Pairing extensive personal narratives with clean visual lines, this graphic bio is an eerily intimate and magnified look into the life and mind of science fiction author Philip K. Dick. At the end of his life, Dick remembers himself growing up as a shy and passionate teen immersed in music and science fiction magazines. Upon his emancipation from a controlling aunt, he dives headfirst into a young marriage, and soon the reality of being a writer fails to keep pace with his lofty ambitions. As deadlines from publishers begin mounting and he struggles with divorce and substance abuse, Dick is caught between worlds, often wondering where reality ends and perception begins. The writing offers an informative view into the author’s life, effortlessly emphasizing his personal and business relationships. Cheerful artwork, populated by easily distinguishable characters, marks the most poignant moments of the author’s life. Through deeply personal anecdotes and skilled artistic storytelling, this comic reveals the side of Dick’s life that is as turbulent and ungrounded as the fictional worlds he is famed for creating. (Jan.)