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Detroit Lakes Public Library G 921 DAN (Text) 33500013111422 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781770463592
  • ISBN: 1770463593
  • Physical Description: 1 volume : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First paperback edition.
  • Publisher: Montreal, Quebec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2019.

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Summary, etc.:
"From a child’s-eye view, Travis Dandro recounts growing up with a drug-addicted birth father, alcoholic step-dad, and overwhelmed mother. As a kid, Dandro would temper the tension of his every day with flights of fancy, finding refuge in toys and animals and insects rather than the unpredictable adults around him. Dandro perceptively details the effects of poverty and addiction on a family while maintaining a child’s innocence for as long as he can. King of King Court spans from Travis’s early childhood through his teen years, focusing not only on the obviously abusive actions, but also on the daily slights and snubs that further strain relations between him and his parents. Alongside Dandro’s birth father committing crimes and shooting up, King of King Court lingers on scenes of him criticizing Travis and his siblings. Dandro gives equal heft to these anecdotes, emphasizing how damaging even relatively slight traumas can be to a child’s worldview."-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
    Dandro was only six years old when he learned about his biological dad. For years, he and "Dad Dave" had a tenuous relationship that, while punctuated with happiness, was ultimately destroyed by his father's drug addiction. Travis, along with his siblings and mother, moved frequently during his childhood, shuffling between various family members after his mother separated from his stepfather. While Travis was clearly loved, poverty, addiction, and trauma figured prominently in his life, and the few moments of calm stability, such as a safe night at a loving grandparent's home, are deeply poignant. The panels feature detailed backgrounds and simply drawn figures simmering with rage and tension, resulting in an unsettling memoir that captures the essence of Dandro's unstable childhood. The unease is amplified by his father's expressionless face, surreal dream sequences, and the tightly squiggled lines Dandro prefers for shading. Viewed through the innocent eyes of childhood and those of a world-weary young adult, this is a tough but illuminating read. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Travis Dandro was born in 1974 in Leicester, Massachusetts. He started publishing his first comic strip, Twerp, in the local newspaper when he was thirteen, earning $15 a week. After graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 1996, he continued drawing comics, his work appearing in dozens of college newspapers across the United States and Canada. He also self-published Journal, which was cited as a notable comic in the 2010 and 2012 editions of The Best American Comics. King of King Court is his first graphic novel. Dandro lives in Maine with his wife and three sons.

Subject: Dandro, Travis, 1974- > Childhood and youth > Comic books, strips, etc.
Dandro, Travis, 1974- > Family > Comic books, strips, etc.
Children of drug addicts > Family relationships > United States > Comic books, strips, etc.
Children of drug addicts > United States > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
Children of drug addicts.
Children of drug addicts > Family relationships.
Families.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographical comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Graphic novels.
Autobiographical comics.

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