Self-Esteem and the End of the World (2024)



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For over ten years, fictional Luke Healy has invested all of his self-esteem into his career. But two years post publication of his latest book, and suffering the blow of his twin-brother not finding him fit to act as best man, both Luke’s career and self-esteem seem to have disintegrated.

Set against the backdrop of a dangerously changing global climate, with melting ice-caps and flooding cities, Self-Esteem and the End of the World spans two decades of tragicomic self-discovery. From discussing self-help books like Marie Kondo’s with the guy you invited over for sex, to summiting a Greek mountaintop while pretending to be working remotely, and a workplace destination murder mystery to a Hollywood revival of Luke’s early work, we see our protagonist grappling with his identity as the world crumbles.

From: Drawn & Quarterly

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“One must, it is to be supposed, admire a book so dogged in illustrating the adventures of a thoroughly unlikeable human being.” (Source: The Comics Journal)

“Male anxiety hilariously meets global crisis.” (Source: The Guardian)

““Self-Esteem and the End of the World” is a graphic novel for those who have ever felt overshadowed by their own life, for anyone who has questioned their worth as the ground gives way beneath them.” (Source: Maudlin House)



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