National Book Award winner (for the art in John Lewis’s March trilogy graphic memoir) Nate Powell’s new graphic novel Fall Through is a moving tribute to the musical power and community of 1990s punk rock, its gritty DIY ethic, and the mystic transformations that happen when a band goes on the road. A former 1990s punk rocker himself, Powell offers the story of Diamond Mine, an Arkansas-based punk band of four squeezed into a beat-up van crammed with instruments and belongings on a six-week tour of grungy southern bars, improvised outdoor stages, and seedy basement venues. Vividly illustrated by Powell’s drawings, it’s the story of a band on tour drifting out of sync with whatever realities its members leave behind. Diamond Mine’s performances seem to open a portal to dazzling, indeed mystical, sensations, even as family, low-paying jobs, and personal relationships claw the musicians back to the real world. In this nine-page excerpt, the band, unable to afford a studio recording, scrounges for sound equipment and sets up a DIY recording session in a rehearsal space. Fall Through by Nate Powell is out now from Abrams ComicArts.