This is a quiet book, but one with a lot to say...It warrants deep and repeated readings.Publishers Weekly
A finely wrought account of aliens and alienation in the suburbs
The German cartoonist Aisha Franz’s debut graphic novel details a day in the life of two sisters and their single mother. Set in a soulless suburb populated by block after block of identical row houses bordered by empty fields and an industrial no-man’s-land, Earthling explores the loneliness of everyday life as these women struggle to come to terms with what the world expects of them.
Earthling unveils a narrative rich with surrealist twists and turns, where the peas on the dinner plate and the ads on television can both literally and figuratively speak to the most private strife and deepest hopes in a person’s life. As the sisters begin to come to terms with their sexuality, they are confronted by harsh realities and a world that has few escape routes for young women.
Drawn in deep gray pencil, the claustrophobia of Franz’s crosshatching and smudging matches the tone of the book perfectly. Earthling is an atmospheric and haunting account of the inevitability of losing the dream worlds of childhood.
Earthling has been translated from the German by Helge Dascher. Dascher has been translating graphic novels from French and German to English for over twenty years. A contributor to Drawn & Quarterly since the early days, her translations include acclaimed titles such as the Aya series by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, Hostage by Guy Delisle, and Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët. With a background in art history and history, she also translates books and exhibitions for museums in North America and Europe. She lives in Montreal.
Praise for Earthling
[Earthling] focuses on two sisters and their mother, each trying to cope with growing alienation. Ms. Franz’s smudgy, sometimes sludgy pencils are a perfect match for the women’s psyches as fantasy and reality blur.New York Times
[Earthling is] full of dark humour, sex and hilarious snippets of perilous teenage life that you’ll be glad are far, far behind you…Anyone you know who’s into the witty, sarcastic humour of Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World definitely needs to get their hands on this.It's Nice That
A coming-of-age story that shimmers between the alien and the familiar.Globe & Mail