Saint Cole

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“[I] was instantly hooked by his everyman’s approach to storytelling and realistically nuanced dialogue.” – Whit Taylor, Whimsical Nobody Comics

Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. Especially when Nicole invites her troubled mother, Angela, to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again.

Joe reacts to this development by further retreating into alcohol. He thinks he loves Nicole but resents her at the same time. They probably wouldn’t still be with each other if she hadn’t become pregnant. Joe wants out. He’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly. And he does.

This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his critically acclaimed debut graphic novel biography of Abraham Lincoln (
The Hypo), yet upon closer reflection, it continues Van Sciver’s interest in pathos and the human condition.

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Forbidden Planet

•Comics retailer

“I thought Noah’s The Hypo was a pretty intriguing piece of work and I certainly think it does creators no harm to go in a totally different thematic direction for a follow up.”

High-Low

•Comics blog

“It's a typically bleak, hilarious account of a loser in over his head … There's a level of grungy authenticity that's almost poetic in how Van Sciver creates a character who is unlikable yet entirely sympathetic.”

The Comics Reporter

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“The 29-year-old Van Sciver is among the cartoonists most respected by his same-age peers, and is sometimes portrayed as a man out of time for making comics that remind of those that were more common in the late '80s and early '90s.”