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Credits: Written and Illustrated by Jessica Abel
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books


I distinctly remember the first time I read SOUNDTRACK. I was at my sister's and I had left it on her coffee table. When I later went looking for it, it had sprouted legs and was nowhere to be seen. As I headed downstairs to the basement, I saw one of her friends, huddled in the stairwell, completely absorbed in its pages. I said to her, "I didn't know you read comics." To which she replied, "I don't. But I didn't know they made comics like this."

SOUNDTRACK is a collection of Jessica Abel's earliest short works, penned between 1989 and 1996. These are really my favorite kinds of books. Quick, fast stories in which you can see the artist evolving with each turn of the page. Abel is one of the most distinctive new voices to come out of the nineties, which is clearly evident in her subsequent works, Mirrow, Window and La Perdida. And SOUNDTRACK, with its poignant tales of relationships, politics, music and pop culture, captures those roots in a stunning package. And, if you don't believe me, just check out page eleven, which features one of my favorite one-page comics of all time.

So, what are you waiting for? Put your SOUNDTRACK on and huddle up in a stairwell somewhere near you.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.


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