A massive 450 page graphic novel from Germany written and drawn by a 40-something Austrian. The recipient of several major European awards, including the Revelation Award at the 2011 Angoulême Festival, Today Is the Last Day was originally published as Heute Ist Der Letzte Tag Vom Rest Dienes Leben by Avant-Verlag, Berlin, Germany in 2009. It is presented here in an edition edited and translated by - surprise! - Kim Thompson (who else?). Set in 1984, Ulli Lust's tale chronicles the eventful journey the then 17 year-old author takes with her best friend from her home in Vienna to the island of Sicily. Sex & drugs & rock 'n' roll and more are here for the reader's enjoyment. Take a moment to savor this generous PDF preview provided by Fantagraphics. This work has accumulated much critical acclaim in Europe, but we'll leave you with this quote from someone whose opinion we know you'll respect: "Ulli Lust really nails my favorite part of storytelling. Bumming cigarettes, learning how to hitchhike – the small details that create great character." – Jaime Hernandez
The hotly awaited new graphic novel by Ulli Lust has arrived! Voices in the Dark is her full color comics adaptation of Marcel Beyer's novel, The Karnau Tapes. Set during the late Nazi era, the novel focuses of the family children of Goebbels, and on one child in particular, Helga. There is a good review of The Karnau Tapes, written upon the occasion of its 1997 release in English, here. Helga eventually turns for solace to the titular sound engineer, Karnau, whose particular genius was employed to advance the cause of the Reich, but now turns inward as it collapses. Intriguingly, Voices in the Dark works to translate into the visually oriented medium of comics a work the central metaphor of which involves audio technology. Ulli Lust is up to the task. A timely release.
Attention fans of Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, Ulli Lust's award-winning breakthrough memoir of her late teenage years – this is the book you've been waiting for. How I Tried to Be a Good Person is another 300+ page gritty graphic memoir that goes where others fear to tread. In it's pages readers will share in the tumult and turmoil of multi-faceted and multi-cultural love affairs all related in a straightforward, self-aware manner and depicted with Lust's skillfull, observational style.