Kelsey Wroten’s Cannonball fires the reader straight into the messy life of Caroline Bertram: aspiring writer, queer, art school graduate, near alcoholic, and self proclaimed tortured genius. Wroten tells the story of an artist struggling with the arrival of adulthood and the Sisyphean task of artistic fulfillment. Stunningly drawn in a classic style, with big truths and biting wit, Wroten’s debut graphic novel is Art School Confidential for the Tumblr generation.
From: Uncivilized Books
Notes on This Title
This title includes casual references to suicide, as well as depictions of alcoholism.
The main character is a queer woman. A prominent supporting character uses they/them pronouns in at least one instance, but does not state a gender identity. Another supporting character is described as “sexually ambiguous”, but similarly does not state a gender or sexual identity.
31st Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Comics
Starred Review: “Wroten (Crimes) skillfully explores youth, ego, and the doomed pursuit of artistic purity in her ambitious first full-length graphic novel.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)
“Cannonball is as beautiful as it is bold. It’s a classic story of existential angst and raging against the machine.” (Source: No Flying No Tights)
The Comics Journal: ““If Anything, The Book Would Be Longer”: A Conversation With Kelsey Wroten“