by Becky Cloonan
One of the best things about attending TCAF (the Toronto Comics Art Festival), and there are many of them, is that Becky Cloonan has, for the last three years, had a new mini-comic for sale. This year, that book is Demeter, and it fits well with its predecessors, Wolves and The Mire.
This book tells the story of Anna and Colin, two lovers who live on a remote island or promontory. Colin fishes while Anna looks after their farm. We learn at the start that, seven months prior, Colin was almost lost at sea, and did lose all memory of his life before that moment.
As the story unfolds, we learn that Colin only lives because of a bargain that Anna struck, and that the period of time she negotiated is drawing to its close.
I am a huge fan of Cloonan's art, and see that she continues to grow as a writer. Her characters are believable, and I like the casual approach she takes to magical realism in her story. This is a pretty straight-forward story, but Cloonan's wonderful art elevates it to a new level.