Why Don't You Love Me?

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Product Details

Price
$24.95  $23.20
Publisher
Drawn & Quarterly
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
6.85 X 9.27 X 0.97 inches | 1.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781770466319
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About the Author

Paul B. Rainey is a British cartoonist who has been making comics for decades. In 2015, his graphic novel There's No Time Like the Present was published by Escape Books. He has been a regular contributing cartoonist to Viz since 2013. His creations include Peter the Slow Eater, 14 Year Old Stand-Up Comedian, and Audrey Pemberton. He won the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize in 2020 with the strip Similar to But Not. In it, he recounts meeting Madonna in his local pub in 1985. He has written, drawn, and self-published many comics, including Pope Francis Goes to The Dentist, Journey into Indignity, and Gripe Night.Paul B. Rainey is a British cartoonist who has been making comics for decades. In 2015, his graphic novel There's No Time Like The Present was published by Escape Books. He has been a regular contributing cartoonist to Viz since 2013. His creations include Peter The Slow Eater, 14 Year Old Stand Up Comedian, and Audrey Pemberton. He won the Observer Newspaper/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize in 2020 with the strip Similar To But Not. In it, he recounts meeting the singer Madonna in his local pub in 1985. He has written, drawn and self-published many comics including Pope Francis Goes To The Dentist, Journey Into Indignity, and Gripe Night.

Reviews

"When I began to read Why Don't You Love Me? I thought it read like any number of slightly surrealistic slightly vapid early-2000s stories that were basically the cartoonist's way of telling you they hated everyone and everything. And then it came into focus and it wasn't that thing at all. And then it came into focus again, uplifting and heartbreaking and (a word that I use sparingly) relevant. The kind of story, leading to a last panel that's all pain and joy and delivers the whole thing. What a masterwork. To understand all is to forgive all." --Neil Gaiman

"What a clever and uncompromising comic Paul B. Rainey has created." --Rachel Cooke, The Guardian

"Claire and Mark are living in the quiet resignation of their crumbling marriage -- rendered in Rainey's clean, sparse lines -- when the announcement of an imminent nuclear war spurs them to urgently reimagine their lives." --New York Times

"[A] sly dark comedy with an eerie sci-fi twist... This one's for curious indie-comics readers who enjoy being surprised." --Publishers Weekly

"The first must-read graphic novel of 2023... Rainey is a seasoned cartoonist, and this book feels like -- again, as Gaiman points out -- a true masterwork, the carefully considered opus of someone who has spent years working within the medium and wants to push what it's capable of." --Comics Beat

"Rainey may be working in the comics form, but he leaves readers with the impression that they've just consumed a full-blown novel set in an adrift couple's world(s)." --Shelf Awareness

"[Why Don't You Love Me? is a] story about relationships, the pressures of child rearing, and the unexpected disruptions of internal and external forces in our topsy turvy lives." --Graphic Medicine

"Rainey has fashioned a startling narrative that speaks strangely to recent pandemic experiences of isolation and parenting young children... [The] mysteries of love, the unpredictability of the world and the promise of redemption are all at play." --The Tyee

"Why Don't You Love Me? imagines a relatable scenario turning on the everyday fears of many readers, and provides us an opportunity to consider the choices we've made, while still allowing us to... have a much-needed laugh." --ComicBook.Com

"There's a fascinating story here about the nature of identity and the role that chance plays in our relationships." --Geek Dads

"In Why Don't You Love Me?, Paul Rainey reminds us that even during the unimaginable, we can still grab hold of the reins." --White Wall Review

"[Rainey] wants readers to ask large questions about existence and the world." --Solrad

"A powerful, haunting work from an artist at the top of his game." --Lindsay Pereira, Broken Frontier

"Movingly insightful and brave, Rainey's writing is engrossing." --Steven Heller, PRINT Magazine

"What begins as black absurdist comedy becomes an allegory for depression and mental illness, and then, heartwarmingly [a] cross-timeline love story." --The Telegraph