Tender

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Pub Date 12 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024

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Description

Carolanne wanted a perfect wedding, a perfect husband, a perfect family. She carefully performs her own roles (gal pal, bestie, girlfriend, wife, and expectant mother) and in trying to enact agency over her life, sacrifices it completely. Her desire to control the uncontrollable ultimately becomes her undoing. When things don't go her way, she exerts dominance over the one thing she does have total control over: her body; until that "betrays" her. After suffering a horrible loss, Carolanne spirals into a literal, all-consuming delusion that will engross comics readers and horror aficionados alike.

Chicago cartoonist and educator Beth Hetland’s graphic novel debut is a brilliant psychological thriller that tears down the wall of a genre — body horror — so often identified with male creators. Heady and visceral, Tender uses horrific tropes to confront women’s societal expectations of self-sacrifice despite those traditional roles often coming at the expense of female sexuality and empowerment.

Carolanne wanted a perfect wedding, a perfect husband, a perfect family. She carefully performs her own roles (gal pal, bestie, girlfriend, wife, and expectant mother) and in trying to enact agency...


Advance Praise

"There is a powerful, visceral quality to Hetland’s cartooning. There is an intimacy here… and she's bold in expressing vulnerability." — Rob Clough

"An incredibly paced horror story that's equal parts sardonic, gruesome, and tender. A Jeanne Dielman for the Instagram generation." — Katie Skelly

"There is a powerful, visceral quality to Hetland’s cartooning. There is an intimacy here… and she's bold in expressing vulnerability." — Rob Clough

"An incredibly paced horror story that's equal...


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  • Targeted newsletter & email marketing
  • Book launch events in conjunction with book shops across the US
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ISBN 9781683969358
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
PAGES 162

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