Nowhere #1

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2000
By: Darren Schroeder

Cover of Nowhere #1 Creator(s): Debbie Drechsler
Publishers: Drawn and Quarterly
From: 458

Dating from 1996 this introduces us to Lily and her family. They have just moved to a new town and Lily has to get to know people and make friends.

We get the usual teenage life stuff; arguments with siblings, dopy fathers, bossy mothers, peer group problems all mixed up in a strong base of "childhood summer". Tree houses and woods where kids escape the adult world, all in a vaguely 70's setting.

The strong point here is Drechsler's dialogue, it guides us effortlessly through the story, capturing the atmosphere of teenage life really well. Art wise Drechsler is no slouch with an idiosyncratic style that looks simple at first glance but shows a great skill at presenting a detailed visual world.

My one gripe is with the two-tone coloring - reddish brown and a green gray that made me think at first that the comic was supposed to be viewed with a set of 3-D glasses. It's too busy, making some pages quite hard to look at.

In a Word: Classy.

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