Everywhere Antennas

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A poetic novel that plumbs the depths of self-doubt and technological fatigue

Julie Delporte’s Everywhere Antennas is a deeply affecting, sparely constructed novel, equal parts Walden and The Bell Jar. Told in the first person, it offers diary-like entries from an anonymous narrator who is undergoing a nervous breakdown and struggling to hold together a failing relationship. In soft, flowing colored pencil, Delporte shows her narrator coming to terms with a rare and ...

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Overview

A poetic novel that plumbs the depths of self-doubt and technological fatigue

Julie Delporte’s Everywhere Antennas is a deeply affecting, sparely constructed novel, equal parts Walden and The Bell Jar. Told in the first person, it offers diary-like entries from an anonymous narrator who is undergoing a nervous breakdown and struggling to hold together a failing relationship. In soft, flowing colored pencil, Delporte shows her narrator coming to terms with a rare and misunderstood sensitivity to the radiation emitted by the televisions, cell phones, and computers that permeate urban life.

     On each page a few words are paired with an image or two, conveying a moment or a thought simply but effectively. Over the course of the book, the anonymous narrator moves from place to place, looking for solutions to her melancholy in the countryside via isolation and in the city with friends, sometimes turning to medication for answers. Throughout, her emotional and intellectual landscape receives as much attention as her physical surroundings.

     Everywhere Antennas is the portrait of a woman caught in the margins, struggling to balance the demands of technology and modern life with the need to find meaningful relationships and work. Roughly hewn figures, sketched in pencil crayon on brightly contrasting backgrounds, populate the pages of this flowing, emotive work. With Everywhere Antennas, Delporte proves herself a master craftswoman of heartbreakingly personal, beautifully literary graphic fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
Delporte’s latest is an examination of modern life through poetry and simple but affecting colored pencil drawings. The first-person narrative is told in an illustrated diary format that makes the volume feel autobiographical as the narrator battles frequent headaches and depression. When she hits upon the idea that the physical misery that drives her may be caused by a sensitivity to the electromagnetic waves emitted by just about every modern convenience. She escapes to the country, searching for wellness and peace. Delporte’s previous book, Journal, was the author’s diary; her narrative technique brings the same sense of immediacy to fiction, especially when paired with her emotional art—it often reads, and feels, like illustrated poetry. The strength of the book lies in the changing art—the drawings are rougher and less focused when the narrator is in the city (among antennas) and more focused, detailed, clean, clear-headed, and lovely when she is free of the city (and its many antennas). (May)
From the Publisher
“[Julie Delporte’s] beautiful, existential graphic novel, Everywhere Antennas, did not disappoint. Despite its preoccupation with technology, Everywhere Antennas’ rough-hewn scrapbook aesthetic has a vital, refreshing offline sensibility.” —Quill & Quire Best Books of the Year

“In Delporte’s second book of impressionistic, illustrated diary entries, the Montreal-based cartoonist practices a kind of deceptive simplicity . . . [her] lo-fi, artisanal methods shimmer with the fluidity of the natural world.” —Globe and Mail

“[Everywhere Antennas is a] contemplative visual diary . . . profound moments appear in the most unlikely places.” —CBC Books Holiday Gift Guide

“Julie Delporte’s haunting . . . fictional journal of a woman is created from sparse entries and beautiful sketches drawn with colored pencil . . . It’s an intriguing read that draws you along page-by-page.” —Bitch Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770461543
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 965,777
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Saint-Malo, France, in 1983, Julie Delporte lives in Montreal, where she publishes books and zines. Journal, a collection of her journal comics, was published by Koyama Press in May 2013. In 2011–2012, she was a fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. She has published a French children’s book (Je suis un raton laveur), as well as some short pieces at L’employé du Moi (Belgium) and in various anthologies. She was the former organizer of Montreal’s forty-eight-hour comics festival and newsprint anthology, and she runs the comics-centric radio show Dans ta Bulle. Colored pencils and dogs with long ears are her favorite antidepressants.

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