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Friday, November 30, 2018

Reader's Diary #1971- Maggie Thrash: Lost Soul, Be At Peace

I saw on Twitter today someone stating that if they don't like the art, they don't bother reading the comic. I get the rationale and wholly agree that the art in a graphic novel should be as crucial as the textual elements, but I've had a few times where I've enjoyed the story in spite of the art rather than because of it. Maggie Thrash's graphic novel Lost Soul, Be At Peace is one of those instances.

I thought her art looked very amateur from a technical point of view. (Though it also reminded me of some old animated National Film Board of Canada films.) Nonetheless, I was very drawn into the story.

It's a ghost story but with an interesting twist. Perhaps heavy on the melancholy side, it nonetheless raises an important, not often discussed fact of growing up: the realization that sometimes we never get answers or solutions.

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