My Favorite Thing is Monsters (2017)


Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically and breathtakingly virtuosic visual style that combines panel sequences and montage, Emil Ferris’ draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Robert Crumb. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a revelatory work of striking originality that has been lauded as the debut graphic novel of the year.

From: Fantagraphics

Notes on This Title

The main character of this title is a queer 10-year old girl who is half-Mexican. A major supporting character is Jewish.


2018 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Graphic Story
2017 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel
2017 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story - Nominee
2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Graphic Novel
2018 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize
2018 Prism Award Nominee for Best Small to Midsize Press Comic or Graphic Novel
2018 Eisner Award Winner for Best Graphic Album—New
2018 Harvey Award for Book of the Year - Nominee
2019 Angoulême Fauve d'Or


Starred review: “This is a book that surprises at every turn. It’s about the power of art, the nature of monsters, the way secrets keep unfolding, and everything else Karen’s investigations can uncover. It’s the best graphic novel to come along in recent memory.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)


The Comics Journal: “The Emil Ferris Interview: Monsters, Art and Stories”

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