An Unsettling Book About Our Times: Sabrina From Nick Drnaso And Drawn & Quarterly

by Hannah Means Shannon

Cartoonist Nick Drnaso has a new book coming out from Drawn & Quarterly this month that’s garnering advance praise for its ability to address our current anxieties. In Sabrina, the disappearance of a girlfriend of an airman’s best friend prompts breakdown and a spiral into conspiracy theories.

D&Q says:

When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister Sandra struggles to fill her days waiting in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.

The new book is a follow-up to Nick Drnaso’s LA Times Book Prize winning Beverly. Described as “an indictment of our modern state”, fake news and the role of computer screens play their part.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up in Sabrina:

Sabrina will launch in Chicago on May 24th, 2018.