Author(s): James Sturm
Rage. Depression. Divorce. Politics. Love. A visceral story that you can see, taste, and feel. How could this happen? The question of 2016 becomes deeply personal in James Sturm�s riveting graphic novel Off Season, which charts one couple�s divisive separation through the fall of 2016�during Bernie�s loss to Hillary, Hillary�s loss to Trump, and the disorienting months that followed.We see a father navigating life as a single parent and coping with the disintegration of a life-defining relationship. Amid the upheaval are tender moments with his kids�a sleeping child being carried in from the car, Christmas morning anticipation, a late-night cookie after a temper tantrum�and fallible humans drenched in palpable feelings of grief, rage, loss, and overwhelming love. Using anthropomorphized characters as a tactic for tempering an otherwise emotionally fraught situation, Off Season is unaffected and raw, steeped in the specificity of its time while speaking to a larger cultural moment.A truly human experience, Off Season displays Sturm�s masterful pacing and storytelling combined with conscious and confident growth as the celebrated cartoonist and educator moves away from historical fiction to deliver this long-form narrative set in contemporary times. Originally serialized on Slate, this expanded edition turns timely vignettes into a timeless, deeply affecting account of one family and their off season.