One muggy midsummer day in Toronto, eighteen year old Lina attends the funeral of Alicia, a childhood friend she has not been in touch with for years. That night she heads to a high school party on the back beaches of the Toronto Islands with her friends who are rapidly drifting apart since graduation. Lina clings to the security of her best friend Cara, who has just broken up with her boyfriend Mark, but Mark has begun to show a new interest in Lina. 


This story is tied together with text and illustrations from Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, Patricia Highsmith’s queer pulp fiction classic The Price of Salt and Ophelia from Hamlet. The real and banal mingle with the fantastical and literary in a story about the untethered moment before a coming-of-age.

 

82 page comic, 20 pages in colour. First edition printed with the support of the Concordia Fine Arts Reading Room. 

July Underwater

 

2015

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