La Perdida is a perfect graphic novel. In fact, the interplay of illustrations with story arc and dialogue create such a tangible environment that I’m not sure the voice and setting would have translated as keenly if Jessica Abel had written “La Perdida” in the traditional novel format. I found Carla’s romantic (NOT “romance”, romantic) quest to “find herself” and all of the accompanying UNromantic follies and foibles to be entertaining, thought-provoking, and familiar. We all, to a lesser extent, know or have been Carla.
Michael Koryta discusses and signs So Cold the River
06/16/2010 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford hired Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric takes the job knowing very little about the man's past, just the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history, including a glorious domed hotel and hot springs known to cure everything from insomnia to malaria. As Eric experiences frightening visions, he discovers that something besides the hotel has been restored--a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory.