Author(s): Stephen Emond
Winter Town follows two childhood best friends who learn that growing up means growing apart. This is written from both points of views Every winter, Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The 'girl next door' has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud and a scowl. But even though Lucy's changed, Evan and Lucy connect again. And this time, Evan falls in love. Lucy has secrets. She doesn't tell Evan about her mother's new abusive boyfriend, her own violent boyfriend and the fights that got her kicked out of her house. She feels guilty and starts to resent Evan's picture perfect (boring) life. She knows Evan won't change and Lucy knows she must break his heart and move on. The next winter, after transferring to an art college against his father's wishes, Evan sees Lucy again. And this time, they know the timing is right. This unique story features gorgeous black-and-white illustrations throughout (comic strips, spot art, chapter heads, etc.).
Garden State meets Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist in this timeless teen story about two childhood friends who learn to grow up, grow apart, and fall in love.
Praise for Happyface
* "Comic artist Emond (Emo Boy) pens an endearing and self-deprecatingly witty debut novel la illustrated diary... Whimsical, thoughtful, boyishly sarcastic, off-the-cuff... achingly beautiful."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
Stephen Emond is the creator of "Emo Boy," which ran for twelve issues and two collections with Slave Labor Graphics. He also won a national contest for his comic strip series "Steverino," which ran for several years in his local Connecticut newspaper. His first novel, Happyface, was published in March 2010. You can find him at www.stephenemond.com.