We're All Just Fine is a graphic memoir cum requiem for the generation of women who came of age and lived the main portion of their lives under the dictatorial Franco regime in Spain. The narrative takes the form of the interweaving of recollections of the author's pair of grandmothers that moves back and forth through time from the present day to and from various temporal stops, largely between 1946 and 1980. These temporal excursions are grounded in the present, and bracketed by insertions of Penyas herself – usually interviewing them in person or over the phone – and other family members. The book takes the physical form of a horizontally formatted, 100+ page hardcover. Penyas's artwork appears to have been largely rendered in pencils of various degrees of hardness and the color scheme is entirely in various shades of a wide admixture of the color red – from scarlet, pink and orange through to an umber and sepia rainbow, which works well to convey the general aridity of the Franco years. The visuals also incorporate a variety of collage techniques including a deliberate use of flattening of the spatial plane, serial repetitions, overworked photographs and pages resembling photo albums, making for page after page of visually engaging comics.
Want to learn more? HERE is a review by Rachel Cooke in The Guardian, and HERE is an interview with Penyas conducted by Esther Claudio-Moreno in The Comics Journal.