Eleanor Davis's The Hard Tomorrow: In stores today!
Environmental degradation. Chemical warfare. Government surveillance. Conspiracy theories. Elderly care. Reproduction issues. Hope. Wait, what? Does hope seem out of place here? What's so powerful about Eleanor Davis's The Hard Tomorrow is while she's weaving a critical contemporary story that's steeped in the dread of our time, her main character, Hannah, is filled with this beautiful hope for tomorrow. And despite all the dread she's surrounded by, that hope, that pure human desire to fight for what you love, ends up being louder than all the muck.
But it's not just Hannah—all Eleanor's characters are so palpable. Perhaps the best example of this is Tyler, an off-grid conspiracy theorist who's stocking up on guns and covers his windows is tin foil to keep out the waves. I seethe when I look at his face, while also feeling compassion. His humanity is pretty undeniable—his fears are the same as everyone else, his coping strategies just take a different form. And that, Eleanor making me feel sympathetic toward someone while also wanting to actively look away? That is truly remarkable cartooning.
And then, perhaps my favourite part of the book, is the relationship between Hannah and her best friend Gabby, a queer naturalist and activist. Hannah idolizes Gabby, and Gabby adores Hannah. Their relationship is intense and their love for each other overwhelming, and confusing, and messy. Eleanor manages to capture the tenderness and heartbreak of close female friendship so concisely.
And I guess that's my last point—the concision of Eleanor's work. I'm just scratching the surface here in this blog post. But hopefully it's clear just how much is going on in this book. In just shy of 150 pages, every line contributes to this incredibly full, deep, moving, heartbreaking, and hopeful story. The Hard Tomorrow is fiction at it's very best, from one of today's leading cartoonists, at the peak of her game. We're very proud to be publishing this book.
You can read a bit more about the book and buy it here. And if you're lucky enough to be in one of her tour stop cities, please go! Eleanor is a joy to hear speak, and this book is definitely worth celebrating.