An emotional narrative that’s charming and sometimes shocking.Mike Donachie, Toronto Star
The gorgeous and empathetic story of one couple’s search for hope and a peaceful future
Hannah is a thirty-something wife, home-health worker, and antiwar activist. Her husband, Johnny, is a stay-at-home pothead working—or “working”—on building them a house before the winter chill sets in. They’re currently living and screwing in the back of a truck, hoping for a pregnancy, which seems like it will never come. Legs in the air, for a better chance at conception, Hannah scans fertility Reddits while Johnny dreams about propagating plants—kale, tomatoes—to ensure they have sufficient sustenance should the end times come, which, given their fragile democracy strained under the weight of a carceral state and the risk of horrible war, doesn’t seem so far off. Helping Hannah in her fight for the future is her best friend Gabby, a queer naturalist she idolizes and who adores her. Helping Johnny build the house is Tyler, an off-the-grid conspiracy theorist driven sick by his own cloudy notions of reality.
Told with tenderness and care in an undefined near future, Eleanor Davis’s The Hard Tomorrow blazes unrestrained, as moments of human connection are doused in fear and threats. Her astute projections probe at current anxieties in a cautionary tale that begs the question: What will happen after tomorrow?
Praise for The Hard Tomorrow
An intimate, tender meditation on love and hope against the backdrop of a bleak, crumbling America that feels all too familiar.Rachel Heng, author of Suicide Club
The Hard Tomorrow is a milestone work: It’s Davis’s first full-length graphic novel for adults and the first of her works that feels like it was conceived as a long-form story. “I think it’s the most ambitious thing that I have done and the thing I am most proud of,” she says.https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/profiles/article/81469-l...
Davis presents her protagonists’ messy humanity in a kind, plain light... [seeming] to argue that any life is rich and complicated enough to merit its own book—and she convinces the reader she is right.Publishers Weekly
Eleanor Davis is one of the very best cartoonists working today. She has (among many other things) an amazing way of drawing people: they are both emotional expressions, as vivid and immediately legible as Bugs Bunny, and, at the same time, convincing as bodies in the world, weighty and vulnerable, with scuffed knees and unruly hair.Gabriel Winslow-Yost, New York Review of Books
Eleanor Davis’s work is the most tender, humane, beautiful slap in the face. She is a bullshit antidote.Lisa Hanawalt, author of Coyote Doggirl and creator of Tuca and Bertie
For whom do we try to make a better world? Davis’s subtle take on a major philosophical question is an efficient and affective read for anyone struggling to find purpose in trying times.Emilia Packard, Library Journal
Hope is a messy business—inextricably linked with fear, because they are two sides of the same coin. In The Hard Tomorrow, Eleanor Davis brings us into the heart of things, into the tension between the coin's faces that hold them together. Within that space are the things we hope and fear for the most - life, death, freedom, love. This is Davis's best book yet, and should ensconce this universally admired comic artist among the giant literary figures of 2019.Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant
Nobody draws like Eleanor Davis. Get used to it. I sure had to.Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of Love and Rockets
A beautiful, character-driven, novel-like story of how people move on and even find beauty when it seems impossible to do either.Booklist, Starred Review