Publication Date: October 21, 2022
Paperback, 142 pages, illustrations, 5" x 7"
Five graphic narratives by Croatian artist Miroslav Nemeth, originally published in Gobshite Quarterly
In "The Roman Key," light, lighthearted, fanciful, spare and surreal two-part drawings tell the tale of Nemeth's search for the key to "Roma," perhaps the city, perhaps a girl.
"I Had a Dog" is about Nemeth's pet Afghan hound who "behaved like a king." The neighborhood is enchanted with the dog's gentleness. The dog becomes aggressive, first biting Nemeth, then anyone walking past the fence.
"The Hood" is a complex visual description of parts of Nemeth's childhoodschool, a starkly, darkly pyramidal place, an eerie church that welcomes him when he discovers God.
"A Smell from a Nose" expands "The Hood." Nemeth is a teenager; the family moves to a house near the city graveyard. He sees his grandmother kill a chicken. Terrified by the fragility of life he becomes almost housebound.
"Metaphysics in the Yard," also takes place at home. Nemeth and his father are in the garden; Nemeth sees an ugly bug and wants his father to kill it.