My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka...

Details My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

TitleMy Favorite Thing Is Monsters
Release DateJan 19th, 2017
PublisherFantagraphics Books
Number of pages386 pages
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

  • Mark
    Set in Chicago, in the late 60s, this dazzling, graphic novel, is presented as a fictional diary, written by a ten year old named Karen. She has a devout adoration for monsters and envisions herself as a female werewolf, or were-girl, if you will. After a neighbor dies, mysteriously, Karen decided to do some sleuthing herself and finds herself navigating some dark, twisty, places, confronting the drug world, freaks and the Holocaust.I would rathe...
  • Carol Tilley
    I'll be reading this one again. Beautiful.
  • Danny Caine
    I dare you to crack open Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters and not be immediately drawn in. Any page. Do it. The book is first and foremost gorgeous—Ferris turns the interior of a notebook into a lush, Bic-Pen-crosshatched explosion of emotional and expressive art. The story is good, too—a supernaturally inflected coming-of-age horror murder mystery set in turbulent late-sixties Chicago. It’s a big book, and fittingly, Ferris’...
  • Emily
    Oh. My. God. This book. THIS BOOK. I was completely blow away by this, and honestly I have a difficult time expressing in words just how much I love it.First, the art. It's GORGEOUS. And messy. And sometimes difficult to look at. But that difficulty heightens the reading experience--you really feel like you're INSIDE our MC Karen's head (this is formatted as her journal, of sorts). The lined pages in conjunction with the art style can make readin...
  • Jeff Lewonczyk
    While it's always a joy to encounter a completely new, unique and fully-imagined comic from a cartoonist you've never heard of, I don't think I've ever had that experience on this kind of scale before. This is destined to join the pantheon of classic graphic novels such as Bechdel's Fun Home, Spiegelman's Maus, Clowes' Ghost World and others - a feat made all the more remarkable in that it's the debut work of a 55-year-old artist. Both the crazy-...
  • Barbara Justiniano
    I came upon this graphic novel while perusing the shelves at Barnes & Noble. As soon as I saw the cover and title I knew I had to read it. This graphic novel did not disappoint. It's definitely about monsters but not necessarily the type you might think. Excellent graphics and the story flows well, but I just cannot wait for the sequel which comes out later this year. Definitely a good read.
  • Ingrid
    Only eight weeks into 2017 and already I've employed the coveted "SIX STAR RATING" on Goodreads twice. The other book, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, was a given. I knew I was going to six-star it before Saunders even knew he was going to write a novel. But this brilliant graphic novel (part one of two [spoiler: you will feel slightly unsatisfied at the end and Part 2 doesn't come out until October 2017]) came out of nowhere for this ador...
  • Karen
    Probably the most remarkable book I've read in recent memory. I'm going to be waiting on pins and needles for Vol. 2.
  • Bridget H
    Nearly four hundred pages of the most mesmerizing and interesting art I have ever seen in a graphic novel, coupled with a riveting story that somehow combines all of ~my~ favorite things: monster movies, girls coming of age, pulpy horror films, art history, and a good murder mystery. Emil Ferris's masterpiece (which I think it definitely is, believe the hype) is like the Maltese Falcon in a comic, except Humphrey Bogart is a ten year old girl nam...
  • Katherine
    A masterpiece. This book is unlike anything else. Mesmerizing, accomplished, gorgeous, intriguing. The 5-star system is an inadequate means by which to rate this book. I can't recommend it enough. If you like beautiful art, if you've always enjoyed horror stories, if you're in any way a fan of "graphic novels," then you owe it yourself to read this. This isn't really a horror story (more of a mystery), but it pays such a lovely homage to them. I ...
  • Paul Pasgas
  • P.
    beautiful - it is its own thing while calling up associations to many other good things like harriet the spy, the art of Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry's The Good Times are Killing Me. It's a mystery and a coming of age story and has a Holocaust story tucked in there, as well. Maybe I was reading too fast, but the ending had me a bit confused, probably it will be cleared up in the next? book?
  • Marga Lind
    What a beautifully drawn and written book. With very few words and intensely drawn images, Emil Ferris creates a world that is hard to forget. The main character, Karen, is the most poignant monster you'd ever want to meet. I don't want to give too much away, but reading this is a great experience.
  • Ariel
    This book is amazing, what a treat!
  • Kelsey
    WOW! I think it's pretty safe to say this is the best graphic novel I've ever read. And the illustrations! Be still, my beating heart!
  • Edward Young
    Breathtaking art meets thought-provoking story.
  • Joe Canas
    6 stars! Superb graphic novel -- amazing art and story. Can't wait for volume 2 to be released in October.
  • Kristy Ann
    I haven't read many graphic novels - I found this one to be oddly captivating and relevant."If people are afraid they will trade freedom for safety." Bad monsters use this to their advantage.
  • Susan
    creepy, ingenious, each page is a masterpiece, visually haunting.
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    I'm going to fumble around with my best attempt to review this incredible graphic novel. For me, this worked very, very well. The artwork went so well with the storytelling and those elements combined elicited a very visceral response from me as a reader. I don't know that this would work for everyone -- and if you want trigger warnings, then you probably should stay away from this one -- it tackled very difficult subjects very explicitly. Ferris...
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  • Derek Parker
    An outstanding book, and one of the best comics I've read so far this year.
  • Kendall Ball
    Extremely intriguing on every level!
  • Elizabeth
    My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Paperback) Graphic novelby Emil Ferris reviewed in glowing terms by John Powers on Fresh Air Feb 25 "reflects on race, class, gender and the Holocaust" from the library-25 people ahead of me-on date below
  • Dave
    Gorgeous, multi-layered and engrossing!
  • cosmicpool
    Trigger warnings not easily deducible from the blurb: Abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault.