The end of the year is just around the corner and everyone is putting together their Best Of the Year selections. To kick us off, Amazon has named Lion Forge's Lighter Than My Shadow by UK author and illustrator Katie Green as their pick for the best comic and graphic novel of the year.
Lighter Than My Shadow is the hand-drawn graphic memoir of British artiest and writer Katie Green's struggle and recovery; a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
Green delicately deals with the important real-world topics of eating disorders and sexual assualt in a sensitive, honest, and memorable way. Previously published in England, Lighter Than My Shadow has received reviews in The Guardian, Stylist Magazine, and Bella Magazine, and it is slated to release in the US in November 2017 from Lion Forge.
"Green realistically portrays her transformation over time from a rigidly controlled adolescent stymied by fear of failure to a young woman willing to take risks. Though the book ends on an optimistic note, the author emphasizes that recovery is ongoing and that she still combats her anxieties and fears," said Mahnaz Dar of School Library Journal. "VERDICT This intimate, unflinching title is an essential addition to graphic novel collections."