A City Inside (2016)


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Shifting between the everyday and the surreal, A City Inside recounts one woman’s life from childhood home, to the first love that she will never forget, to the creation of the idea of herself that she can grow old with and the home that she can grow old in.

Publisher: Avery Hill Publishing

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2016 Broken Frontier Award for Best One-Shot
2016 Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards Shortlist — Favorite Graphic Novel/Book


“This debut graphic novel, an elliptical examination of first love and homesickness, cements Walden’s reputation as one of comics’ most exciting newcomers. The confidence of this work, made while Walden was in her teens, is startling—her linework is crisp and bold, her shadows deeply black, her turns of phrase heartbreakingly earnest. The contrast between the work’s more magical-realist conceits—the protagonist, out of homesickness, decides to live in the sky—and its straightforward approach creates a wonderful tension at the heart of the work that makes its message universal. This is a book about a specific person, but it is also a book about change: changes of heart, location, ambition, and necessity. This slim volume feels like a mission statement and a herald of oncoming talent—a wonderful work on its own, and a sign of things to come.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)



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