At long last, a book edition – and a swell hardcover, no less – collecting Ethan Rilly's excellent Pope Hats series (issues 2, 3 & 5). Only, it turns out, Ethan Rilly is really... Hartley Lin*! So, now we have Young Frances by Hartley Lin. A finely crafted tale of young urbanites navigating the worlds of work and life as they come of age in 21st century North America. Recommended.
Don't want to take our word for it? Then how about these words from someone whose opinion is worth paying attention to:
"Young Frances is a meditation on work and meaning. Its depiction of corporate culture and the finesse required to exist within it feels unlike anything I've read in comics." – Jillian Tamaki
Still not convinced? Then make your own mind up by checking out this PDF preview.
*of which, Ethan Rilly is an anagram
BACK IN STOCK!
Break out the champagne – it's a new issue of Pope Hats! Gone is the Ethan Rilly pen name (we're keeping it in the creator field – for the time being – to assist anyone searching for new work by "Rilly"). Here is Hartley Lin in all his glory – and in a revelatory mood and mode. This issue is a collection of pithy personal pieces, most one or two pages in length. Executed entirely in a two-tier layout, almost all of which are bisected into four-panel grids, these strips delve into the life, mind and memory of the artist – particularly those aspects that are transformed by the arrival of a first child; thus rendering a portrait of the artist as a new parent.