The Con Artists
by Luke Healy
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 07 Jun 2022
Drawn & Quarterly, Drawn and Quarterly
A quintessentially millennial tale about friendship and the quest for self-actualization
This is going to be Frank’s year. He’s going to do it all: find love, become a famous comedian, and responsibly parent his plants. But then, Giorgio gets hit by a bus.
Self-assured and utterly entitled, Giorgio has always seemed like “Frank, but better.” Moving in with and caring for his estranged childhood friend quickly starts to chip away at Frank’s sense of self, as well as Giogio’s carefully curated online persona. Is Giorgio’s penchant for overindulgence truly aspirational? Or is it ultimately a red flag? The further Frank is pulled into Giorgio’s orbit, the quicker his existential dread blooms. Expectation and reality soon collide in a singular tale about trust and confidence.
Luke Healy’s playful, hilarious third graphic novel uses crisp lines and physical comedy to portray an uneasy friendship between two young men on the cusp of adulting. Snippets from Frank’s middling stand-up routines are punctuated by the subtle farce of Healy’s mise-en-scène and the lively, at times scathingly pointed, banter of old friends. The Con Artists is a stylish character study that asks the question of who fools who once everyone is off-camera.
“Luke Healy is a master at creating genuine characters with stories that never fail to pull me in and keep me there.”—Noah Van Sciver, Fante Bukowski
“Healy is one of the finest cartoonists working today.”—James Sturm, Off Season
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A great look at a singular friendship. Told from the point of view of a stand up show, with a deep dive into mental health, the truth, and what matters between friends. A book I'll come back to.
The Con Artists is a graphic novel about mental health and friendship, with the backdrop of a comedy club - literally. Healy gives the characters space to breathe, to allow the reader the space to sit and think with them. The art style works well for the story being told, and Healy's pacing moves things along without making things feel rushed. A great read for those looking for a very real graphic novel.
Thank you to Drawn & Quarterly and NetGalley for providing a copy for review.
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