A Late Freeze

    (Danica Novgorodoff, 2006)
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In Danica Novgorodoff’s graphic novel The Late Freeze, a robot that escapes from his factory falls in love with a bear. The two befriend a frog that’s on sale at Cracker Barrel, and have a robot/bear hybrid baby together. Yes, the literal events of the book are strange, but in essence, The Late Freeze is a story about how technology and industrial expansion infringe on nature. There’s very little text in this book: the story is instead told through lush pictures and metaphorical impressions.

Novgorodoff, primarily a painter (her works can be viewed online at www.danicanovgorodoff.com), creates some wonderful visuals here: her style is reminiscent of Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan), especially in the way that it plays with the relationship between the mechanical and the natural. The story has an excellent flow, and is a very quick read, and although the literal plot may be a bit jarring at first, the impression it leaves is clear and powerful.

— Eric Garneau

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