HOUSE OF CLAY
For a girl whose family used to be wealthy, starting work in a sweat shop turns out to be a life altering experience. Very soon, hard work is the least of her problems - she finds herself in the middle of a love tangle with no confidantes but a rude old card-reading lady with an eerily similar romantic past and a mute girl. The small seaside town offers nothing but a salty breeze to soothe her - or could it be that there is just a little bit of magic in the air, too? By the author of “Unholy Kinship.”
"The art transcends what readers would normally expect to find in a graphic novel; any page in this book would not be out of place in a frame on the wall of an art gallery. This is a unique book for thoughtful, mature readers."
-School Library Journal
"For anyone reminiscing about Neil Gaiman’s sense of fantasy or looking for someone with a little “what if…” this is a comic book artist worth watching for." -Feminist Review
"Fans of manga stylings, especially shojo should enjoy the art, and the story will reward anyone who has or is about to come of age."
"The book is brimming with luscious, pastel-hued drawings, like a fairy tale retold in the pages of a fashion magazine. Beyond their attractiveness, the drawings tell a parallel story in an interesting, nonlinear way." -Santa Barbara News-Press
"Gorgeously rendered. The surreal art is lovely." -The Onion
"Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite color washes and poses mingle with modern fashions as well as concerns common to both styles’ eras.
Nowak’s storytelling is sophisticated in its use of plot- and image-oriented symbolism, and readers who are Josephine’s peers, in particular, may appreciate this examination of their cares."
"She's an extremely gifted artist; I'd go as far to say that she looks like the second coming of P. Craig Russell. Very few people in comics are doing work that you could compare to hers, and there's always a place on the shelves for someone doing something that looks unique and appealing." -Marc Mason, Comicswaitingroom.com
5x71/2, 144pp, full color trade pb., $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-511-5