A cross-Atlantic collaboration, Hobo Mom was drawn simultaneously. Both cartoonists' clean line styles fit together perfectly to tell the story of Tom, who lives a simple life with his pre-teen daughter, Sissy. Her mother, Natasha, who left to hop trains and has become a vagrant, shows up on the doorstep of the family she abandoned years ago. There, Natasha finds an upset husband (who is still deeply in love with her), and a little girl yearning for a mother. Can someone who covets independence settle down?
Description: Tom lives a simple life as a single father of a pre-teen daughter, but their estranged wife and mother has chosen a much different path. Natasha hops trains and has become a vagrant since leaving her family a few years earlier. After a dangerous encounter riding the rails, Natasha chooses to show up on the doorstep of the family she abandoned and finds an upset husband and a little girl yearning for a mother. Can someone who covets independence settle down? Hobo Mom explores the ideas of being trapped in domesticity and whether one deserves happiness, even at the cost of others.
Review: An understated, satisfying graphic novella.
Author Biography: Charles Forsman's The End of the F***ing World graphic novel has been adapted into a critically acclaimed television series that is distributed by Netflix. He is also a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in Hancock, Mass. Max de Radigu s (b. 1982) is a Belgian cartoonist who runs the publishing house L'employ du Moi. His previous work has been translated in English by Conundrum and One Percent Press. He lives in Brussels.