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Emil Ferris's debut graphic novel, "My Favorite Thing Is Monsters," was highly acclaimed for its intricate artwork and social commentary. The story follows ten-year-old Karen Reyes as she investigates the murder of her neighbor, a Holocaust survivor. The second volume of the series, "My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Book Two," is set to be released after a lengthy dispute between the author and publisher. The new book continues Karen's search for answers and explores her own identity in a turbulent political climate.
"In a time when spiritual ugliness is being promoted as a social norm, the artist is more responsible than ever to tease out complex and difficult truths," Ferris told us.
The release of "My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Book Two" comes after a seven-year wait since the book was first announced. The 400-page second volume expands on Karen's investigation into her neighbor's death while also delving into her relationship with her brother and her own identity. The graphic novel tackles themes of monstrosity and obscenity, resonating with readers in a time of political turmoil. Extracts from the book suggest that Ferris continues to deliver her signature intricate artwork and thought-provoking storytelling.
Karen continues to dig deeper into the tragic death of Anka, worries about her charismatic yet flawed big brother Deeze, and puzzles over her own identity with a new friend, Shelley.