Zoe Thorogood Delivers the Second Gen Z Comic Book Masterpiece

Zoe Thorogood its lonely at the centre of the earth

Intensely personal yet still oddly epic, I think with It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth Zoe Thorogood has delivered to this world the best comic of 2022.

Semi-autobiographical work over six months of Zoe’s life made into a genre gestalt. It’s a work of an honest fabulist, of escapes, of salvation through art, and drawn with flurries of a cartoonist who might be a master in all but age.

Awhile reading this the thought that kept booming in my head was Zoe Thorogood is beautiful as fuck.

There are contradictions in the way there always is when self-reflecting which is fitting because this comic is itself an odd contradiction in that usually book or comics like this are often well done and crafted, by their nature always personal, but are often boring as fuck to anyone who isn’t some stan of the person the book is about. Zoe is relatively a new cartoonist. It isn’t Otomo sharing himself, someone who has had the time in the game and the hits to assume people would care but it doesn’t matter because for being the downer that it is intended at times, this comic is a ride, Zoe’s art is engaging, and toward the end, there is a photo that makes me feel for her. It’s a vibe. It could be the cover of some post-Reality Bites 90s album. Hell, maybe Japanese Breakfast will use it now.

Things I thought about while reading It’s Lonely at the Centre of Earth: include Totoro, King City, The Love We Share Without Knowing, a mixture of Inio Asano works, and Lost in Translation.

Unnecessary Context:

For the last couple of years, I have been working on a concept with both comics and prose of a top 100 shelf. I have multiple homes and large off-site storage to boot so I don’t have space issues but the idea of being able to boil down and curate a top 100 shelf that represents me the best started to appeal to me.

For comics, I began with already my #1 and #100 bookends in mind. On one end I’d have The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and on the other end, I’d have the wonderful adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli.

With It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth Zoe Thorogood just got on the shelf.

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