Cartoonist Nicole J. Georges will be here to show, talk about, and discuss her new autobiographical graphic novel, Fetch: How A Bad Dog Brought Me Home (Mariner Books)
Also, special guest, Liz Prince (Tomboy, Be Your Own Backing Band, Alone Forver) will also be here, reading, showing and discussing her comics, too!
This event is co-hosted by POW Feminist Comic Book Club.
When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.
Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel FETCH: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.
“Nicole Georges makes my favorite art about love and vulnerability. More than a tribute to a canine best friend, Fetch maps Georges's journey from teen to adult with heartbreaking honesty and tender joy. I am in awe of Georges's uncanny ability to transport me right into her world of moldy crusty punk houses and glorious vegan lesbian barbecues. Funny, gorgeous, and true.” — Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent
“From feral child to leader of the pack, Nicole Georges comes to know a thing or two about dogs, and incidentally, about herself. Her luminous, lyrical drawings of animals are charged with strange insight, and add a potent nonverbal element to the narrative of Georges’ youth. Fetch combines the best qualities of diary comics—particularity and granular detail—with the zoomed out view of someone who has completed an arduous, mythic, and expansive journey.” — Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?