WHY I KILLED PETER
Alfred & Olivier Ka
“Peter was a populist priest. He was cool. He was funny. He was no priest, just a regular guy. It’s like I had another uncle. A great one, who laughed, who sang, who tickled. Until he took us for summer camp. Until we were so close, temptation came in the picture.”
Based on a true story that the writer experienced himself, this graphic novel presents very simply the grey areas in such a situation, how he had tucked the whole episode deep within him but then how his rage and self-pity let it all out and finally revisiting the man when close to death and his coming to grips. A very moving , topical and important work, sensitively presented.
“Thought-provoking, difficult to put down. It deals with a controversial subject in a unique and absorbing way. The artwork illustrates the tale beautifully, almost poetically.” -VOYA
“If there is a healing process, this unforgettable graphic reminiscence is surely its catalyst. Collaborator Alfred evocatively illuminates Ka’s memoir of childhood innocence and grown-up pain. Special mention must be made of his extraordinary use of color and photography as magical elements to convey the emotional ambiguity and banality of evil.” -Miami Herald
"Olivier recounts his purgative confrontation with his past, and gives hope to anyone haunted by memories of a life that took a few unexpected, unfortunate turns… A-" -The Onion
"Proponents of graphic novels like to argue that the medium is mature enough to handle any topic. Why I Killed Peter may be proof of that. Ka writes a very grounded story with little hyperbole because none is needed."
-Andrew "Capt. Comics" Smith, Scripps Howard News Service
"hauntingly evocative." -Publishers Weekly starred review
"The sensitivity with which Ka and Alfred handle this real-life moment is astonishing. And the way the graphic novel plays out, with art eventually giving way to photographs taken of the actual spots where some of the story takes place, is powerful. There will be those who cannot get through the book, overwhelmed by the story and the emotional content, but for those who do, they are in for a unique graphic novel experience. "
-Marc Mason, Comics Waiting Room
"This is an excellent work. Recommended."
-Comic Book Resources
"Highly successful both as literature and visual art, this is a book to recommend to abuse survivors as well as readers who appreciate exploring life’s difficult realities." -Booklist
"Touching story of trust and betrayal." -Litmob
"It’s a strong and important book, and above all, yet another testament to the power of this medium." -Daily CrossHatch
"The ink vanishes; the trees become doodles. The colors are dabs of paint. Something is accomplished. Ka’s story, so ferociously arranged to address its center event, can only stop; a final image freezes Ka’s age, his many selves gathered together. The book is done. It’s all out of him. It’s something else. He killed it. It’s absolutely harrowing material." -Jog- The Blog
6x9, 112pp., full color clothbound jacketed, $18.95,