Very evocative of childhood and that naive intimacy.
Lovely work Joan.
It reminds me of when Bobby Launs moved from next door and went to Viet Nam and I was desolate. I love your work.
this was a joy to follow - thankyou:)
The art is amazing…and it is an engaging tale…I didn’t know what was cooking in the lab with the neighbors’ stories, but now I see…You really made something from childhood noteworthy…I like the voice…
Great reminiscence on the limited world-view of childhood. Share more, please.
Turned out to be a page turner (or page clicker as we say in the 21st century).
I want to read more about those… neighbors.
What a tough little survivor Cass was. She’s probably out illustrating comc books somewhere. I wonder if she’s still a woman. Good work, Joan.
What a tough little survivor that Cass was. I wonder if she’s still a woman. Nice work, Joan.
This is beautiful!!! I love it.
Joan, this is great! I can imagine this is something almost everyone can connect with on several levels. First is that time in a child’s life when you realize everyone doesn’t have the same home life and second the first time a close friend moves away. Real and relatable. Wonderful!
Excellent piece. Very evocative of a certain time and place, without being sentimental or overly nostalgic. And the art is just right.
I’m glad you kept it in b/w. It’s just right. Great story about the helplessness of being a child - like sitting in a waiting room.
This was amazing! I have goosebumps.
Beautiful work! I love the honesty and vividness of Joan’s prose and art.
Wonderful on every level. Thank you.
Thanks so much everyone for reading and commenting!
Joan, this is amazing. The story is heartbreaking but clear-eyed and the drawings, especially the architecture and the basement scenes, are really evocative. I especially love the “Eeeeeeeeeah/THUD” panel.
Can’t we get hi-horse back together?
Honest and moving
My GOD, Joan. That was incredible. I feel like an ass for coming to the party late, but this one has been well worth it. It’s a crime you don’t do more comix. It’s beautiful, smart, and touching. Thank you.
Hi Joan–It’s Sari on Josh’s computer. I loved this piece–the tone and the art are perfectly matched! It has something in common with the one I wrote–coming up from Josh.
Great work Joan!
You have such a talent for capturing the innocence and yet dark side of childhood.
Love the illustration and detail.
Amazing work Joan! You can really “feel” it - the environment, and the emotional loss.
Wow, what a story, Joan. Incredibly well thought out, detailed, and executed. Absolutely first rate.
I’m still rooting for her. She has to survive.
yuck yuck, I grew up at the Cass’. Lovely story so far, don’t know if I’ll bear it
Thanks and best of luck with your ‘Working’ piece.
Studs was and is great.
Brilliant…weirdly evocative, I’m sure this piece will resonate with anyone who has ever been a child and had that one “bestest friend”…enchanting story and beautiful art.
Thanks for sharing that intimate part of your childhood Joan. You have a wonderful gift and I look forward to seeing more from you.
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This is beautiful!!! I love it.
Thanks for sharing Art is beautiful much
The best art and design
thank you i like.
good i like thank you
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A very good story it does really happen that way. It does make you appreciate what you have.
Thank you for your cartoon.
Good Idea art and design.
Well the make believe stuff was good but the touchy feely stuff at the end was wrong they were way to young to get involved with that. Parents should have monitored it closer.
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very nice story
i like this cartoon thank.
It is a good idea so I can not think of anything much at all.
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