Night and Dana

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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023
Lerner Publishing Group, Graphic Universe ™

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A creative coming-of-age story for the climate-change generation

Dana Drucker fights boredom in her Florida beach town by crafting special-effects makeup—the more gruesome, the better. But when a messy prank with Dana’s best friend Lily gets the wrong kind of attention, the girls have two choices: find a new creative outlet or leave high school without graduating.

To save their shot at diplomas, Dana and Lily join a community college film class. It gives Dana a chance to keep practicing her monster makeup, as she and Lily start work on a horror movie inspired by local ocean warming. And a search for filming locations puts Dana in the path of Daphne Ocean, an activist and self-proclaimed water witch—the perfect kind of inspiring outsider. But when filming starts, Dana finds herself growing apart from Lily, who doesn’t seem to need her closest friend much anymore.

Soon, tempers are flaring, and Dana’s pushing away old friends and her new mentor. But as everything starts going up in flames, Dana also begins to forge her voice. Night and Dana is a creative coming-of-age story for the climate-change era, a graphic novel about making art and growing up when it feels like the world is on fire.

A creative coming-of-age story for the climate-change generation

Dana Drucker fights boredom in her Florida beach town by crafting special-effects makeup—the more gruesome, the better. But when a...


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This title is also available as a library bound for $33.32 (ISBN: 9781728430355).

This title is also available as a library bound for $33.32 (ISBN: 9781728430355).


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This was a truly good coming of age story. I think our narrator, Dana, perfectly captured what it means to be a 17 year old girl. From trouble with school, friends, parents, and boys to accepting that life doesn’t always go the way you thought it would, this graphic novel really reminds me of that awkward period my senior year in high school where I wasn’t quite an adult yet, but i was grasping at whatever i could to feel like it, when you start to feel like your life is going out of control until you find your next step. Overall, I think this graphic novel is great for anyone struggling to find that next step or just wants to be reminded of how far away it all is from you now. Also, I didn’t mention this enough, but the art style was beautiful and unique!!!

This is my honest opinion as a thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC.

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Night and Dana is another wonderful graphic novel exploration from Anya Davidson. I recommend this author/artist’s creative work — ideal for readers looking for compelling graphic novels.

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I loved the illustrative style of this graphic novel. I don't know why but I felt very strong echoes of Dan Clowes' Ghost World while reading this. Cute story, very appropriate for young adults, but the story isn't too young that adults wouldn't also enjoy it. I will definitely be suggesting this to our young adult staff. Also, loved the queer representation!

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Loved Dana even when she was being an asshole. And she was throwing that cat like a real city girl. Loved the acknowledgment of the hazard of global warming and it’s effects on islands and beaches (red tide) loved every moment of this book.

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Night and Dana was a really great graphic novel, with themes of friendship, finding your voice, and fighting for what's right. I loved the graphics as well as the depiction of the monster make-up and special effects! It was a great story about a co-dependent friendship. I loved Dana's story and finding her voice and standing on her own away from Lily.

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A mix of Daria and the Amelia notebooks I loved back in elementary school! I Could not put this down because it brought two very nostalgic themes that I love together!
This graphic novel really represented how a community college class can bring people together. While that may not have been exactly the point of the story, I appreciated how the girls were able to meet people of all different backgrounds and realize that not everyone around them was a “mortal” who judged or disliked them.
I love the angst, the bravery, and the self-reflection that takes place. Sometimes, you just have to take a look at yourself in the mirror, even when you’ve special effects’d yourself to look like you came straight out of the night of the living dead.
This graphic novel inspires creativity, sarcasm, and not judging yourself or others based off of the first glance. You meet the best people when you don’t expect it, and I think this story shows how finding friends in unexpected places helps you grow and become a better version of yourself.

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I enjoyed this friendship driven comic about teen horror film makers living in Florida wanting to escape but loving how weird everyone is. The drawing style made every page worth staring at for longer — retro but in a modern way. I would recommend this to the teen and adults that are looking for something and need a little inspiration from badass (and messy) characters.

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The art and the color palette lends itself to the story of Dana, a high schooler whose extracurricular effects makeup work lands her in deep trouble. Things only come to a head when she and her friend Lily attend a filmmaking class and fissures begin to form.

I really loved this book. It’s a classic senior-crisis coming of age plot but the details are unique and the characters feel real, particularly Dana herself. The horror obsession comes from a place of love rather than treating it as some item off the quirky outsider checklist.

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