Friday, June 15, 2018

Reader's Diary #1847- Nick Drnaso: Sabrina

Nick Drnaso's style isn't one of which I'm typically appreciative. Sabrina, a graphic novel, has the flat kind of colouring of old Tintin comics and overly simple lines and lack of details that reminded me of Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds or airplane safety brochures.

Still, it fits this odd little gem of a story. Sabrina, it turns out, is a missing woman, and the story primarily revolves around her grieving boyfriend and his friend. While that premise isn't particularly odd, it soon delves into a critique of our conspiracy-minded society (with tones of InfoWars and their insanely awful Sandy Hook take).

What's lacking in the visual details is made up for in the minutiae in the dialogue and mundane moments that are intertwined with the potentially sensational missing-person story. The effect, for me anyway, was a pretty intelligent, albeit cynical, look at the way we process news nowadays. It's like we've become so accustomed to horrible news that it's become boring and so we've upped the ante with conspiracy theories.

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