Graphic Novel Review: Off Season by James Sturm
Posted on April 16, 2019 at 11:30 am by Gene Ambaum
Off Season by James Sturm. Drawn & Quarterly, 2018. 9781770463318. 213pp. http://amzn.to/2FGeKiq
I fear there’s no pitch I can make for this book that will show how much I enjoyed it, but here goes: A marriage disintegrates during/with the help of the 2016 Presidential election. A dad struggles with work and the custody schedule while thinking about his estranged wife and his feelings for her. The most heartbreaking moment: when they take their kids trick-or-treating together. I remember the misery and awkwardness of those nights when I was little, and my divorced parents tried to hang out together in order to act like a family for a bit just for the sake of us kids.
Sturm paces the story perfectly within it’s constraint — there are two panels of equal size on each page. Highly recommended.