Rookie Magazine reviews Nicolas

“Nicolas, by Pascal Girard” / Rookie / Rachel Davies / September 23, 2016

Originally created in the spring of 2006 as a drawing exercise, Pascal Girard’s Nicolas, documents Girard’s emotional turmoil surrounding the childhood death of his brother. The book has been recently rereleased with a text introduction and comic afterword by Girard. Nicolas is incredibly bare in documenting his growth, both in explicit ways—like the narrator talking to friends on the playground about his brother dying of lactic acidosis—and in more subtle, quiet ways—like Pascal getting spoiled after Nicolas’s death. Girard captures a high level of intimacy, though the book is composed solely of scene drawings. The narrative is quite touching, and with the addition of the afterword, readers get an insight into how laborious developing one’s personal style can be.

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