Headland (Paperback)

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Headland (Paperback)


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In Headland, artist Kate Schneider pays tribute to her departed grandmother. A quietly powerful work of graphic medicine by a promising new comics talent.

Following a stroke, 95-year-old Ruth wakes up in a cold, unfamiliar hospital. To escape her grim surroundings, she retreats into a wilderness within her mind. In this interior world she befriends a tortoise who accompanies her on a journey into the unknown. As the days pass, Ruth’s hold on the material world wanes and she moves deeper into her own landscape.

In Headland, artist Kate Schneider pays tribute to her departed grandmother, presenting with deeply felt empathy a perspective little represented in popular literature. Drawn with soft pencils and lush colors, this graphic novel explores the tensions between safety and autonomy, language and silence, holding on and letting go.

Kate Schneider is an artist, writer and therapist living and working in Philadelphia. Her books include Dew Drop Diary (F.I.N.E. Editions, 2021) and Headland (Fantagraphics, 2022).
Product Details ISBN: 9781683965466
ISBN-10: 1683965469
Publisher: Fantagraphics-FU
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 184
Language: English
Schneider’s pencil is soft, texturally preoccupied, drawing out moments and spaces between things — yet piercing in its renditions of mundanity, loneliness, confusion, and the unravelling of reality. Headland is a heartbreaker.

— Georgia Webber (Dumb: Living Without a Voice)

It can be so difficult, so terrifying,
really, to witness and wonder about
and honor someone’s fundamental
solitude. To regard our solitudes as
wonders. Kate Schneider’s Headland
is precisely that — a lyric wonder
about a beloved’s deepest solitude —
that feels as loving, as beloving, as
true, as almost anything I’ve ever
read. This is a beautiful book.
— Ross Gay (The Book of Delights)

A sensitive, subtle, moody, and
wistful story, beautifully drawn.
— Ellen Forney (Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life)

Kate Schneider’s sensitive study stands out as a major highlight.
— Paul Gravett (director, ComICA)

Gentle and beautiful ... you're totally drawn into the world [of Headland].

— Inner States