A three-month comics diary, reflecting on the ten years since the author’s last diary comic (Ten Thousand Things to Do, self-published, 2019), and a therapeutic tool to navigate life’s current challenges. The result is a poignant window into the tension between restless creativity, quotidian routine, and mental wellness.
Published by Fantagraphics Books under their Fantagraphics Underground imprint.
“Reklaw has the chops to draw anything, and the skill and taste to write with an understated grace that allows emotions and experiences to well up and breathe on their own.” — John Porcellino, author of King Cat
“[S]olid evidence of Reklaw’s commitment to using his art to not just document his life but, more importantly, improve it.” — Ryan C., Four Color Apocalypse
The cover art for this book is for sale.
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First collection of Dear Diaries strips. 40-pages, full color, wraparound cover, 4.25 x 5.5 inches, self-published.
Reklaw’s use of thematic contrast intensifies as the human storyline unfolds. Depression, alcoholism, homelessness, and psychotic breakdowns are told against a narrative of a cat’s natural self-importance. “Dad” (Reklaw), as many of us are, is going through some life struggles, perhaps worse and more harrowing than those of others. And while Littles’ life concerns are understandably blown out of proportion, what’s actually going on in the larger, human world is largely minimized. Like some sort of existential cantilever, it’s the tension that ties the entire thing together. And most interestingly, the genius of it all is that the backstory is actually the main story
— November Garcia, in her Solrad review