After a critically successful run on two BURN THE ORPHANAGE miniseries, a return to the cult favorite LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, and the launch of the all-ages series PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX, Grace thought 2014 was his year to shine. Unfortunately, a number of personal tribulations—including a death in the family and the end of a longterm relationship—derailed all momentum and sent him spiraling into a depression. After leaving his hometown of Los Angeles and traveling across the American Southwest, Grace found his passion project for 2015: himself.
“It felt like the world took away every incentive to live, love, and make stories,” Grace said. “After a lot of grieving and introspection, I decided that all I wanted to do was tell stories that were 100% the realest me I could give the reader. #YOLO.”
Influenced by nights spent poring over Joan Didion, Arthur Rimbaud, and Anders Nilsen, the scope of stories in SELF-OBSESSED reflect the ups-and-downs of breaking into comics, reconciling relationships past, and discovering what true selfhood looks like. Mixed with long-forgotten strips unearthed from the creator’s messy archives, conversations with contemporaries Ryan O’Connell and Colleen Green, as well as essays exploring gender, identity, and pursuing one’s dreams, Grace brings a whole new spin to memoir for the Twitter age.
SELF-OBSESSED (ISBN: 978-1-63215-449-1, Diamonde Code: JUL150640) arrives September 30 and will be available for $9.99. The graphic novel will include an introduction from Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, Sweet Tooth), as well as a free audiobook download. For more information, please visit: sinagrace.com/selfobsessed