Sabrina by Nick Drnaso


Video games, conspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything’s gonna be all right—until it isn’tHow many hours of sleep did you get last night? Rate your overall mood from 1 to 5, 1 being poor. Rate your stress level from 1 to 5, 5 being severe. Are you experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide? Is there anything in your personal life that is affecting your duty?When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into ...

Details Sabrina

Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherDrawn and Quarterly
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Sabrina

  • David Schaafsma
    Nick Drnaso’s debut collection of short comics stories, the LA Times Book Prize winning Beverly, is sort of set in a far south side Chicago neighborhood. Drnaso, just 29, who grew up in a Chicago suburb, includes a few recognizable Beverly images in it, but he told me he mainly used that name because he liked the sound of it. I loved that book, reviewed it here, and used it in my comics class last summer. It reads like The Suburb from Hell.Chic...
  • Paul Bryant
    Sabrina is the click just before the bullet, the knife behind the door, the unknown car outside your house, the dead battery on your kid’s phone, the cops at your door in the middle of the ordinary day, the phone call at 3 in the morning, the threatening text out of nowhere, the moment just before you realise what you’re seeing on the screen. Sabrina is an intake of breath. Sabrina is about being anaesthetised by modern life so that you no lo...
  • Marchpane
    Sabrina makes for an uncomfortable reading experience. This is not a book for people who ‘read to get away from the news’. It is bleak, pessimistic and very, very topical.It is one thing to read about characters going through grief, feeling isolated and disconnected from the world, unable to feel joy, unable to feel anything at all. It is an entirely different thing to watch them do so. In Sabrina, we see people curled up in a ball on the flo...
  • [P]
    There’s an app which, when you input some personal information into it, will send you a message from a dead loved one. No one I spoke to about it could understand why such a thing would bother me. The resulting text could be posted on Facebook. Richard, you know I love you and that your granny is always looking down on you. The poster’s friends can comment sympathetically and like the post. No one understood. They thought I was upset for no r...
  • Amanda
    4.5 starsThis is not a light and breezy graphic novel. Oh no. This is serious stuff. It’s difficult to read at times because it is such an honest but scathing take on what is going on in the world right now. This is a very powerful use of the visual medium to tell a story. This is the first graphic novel ever to appear on the Booker longlist and I for one and happy that it’s there.
  • Rod Brown
    I'm quite a bit frustrated by this book. First, the art, page layout and writing are so influenced by Chris Ware as to be totally distracting. And as with Ware, I find that the tiny pictures distance me from the story, and the characters, with their expressionless faces and often unexpressed inner thoughts, are nearly ciphers. The first half of the story seems determined to show how mundane life can be for people looking in from the outside of ot...
  • Robert
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  • Daniel Sevitt
    It's an accumulation of things that add up to a whole bunch of disturbing and uncomfortable. One of those times where the stark two-dimensionality of the piece is a character in itself and a commentary on how we relate to our lives as they pass us by. Oddly political and unnerving, this is going to take some digesting.
  • Stephen Curran
    “Don’t fall for these child actors,” says Ann Coulter on TV today, referring to the kids who have been ripped from their parents and put into cages at the American border these past few weeks. These distressed children are stooges, she says. These distressed children are plants, hired by liberals to prevent us from building the wall.If the function of art is to hold a mirror up to society then SABRINA succeeds like nothing else. This is who...
  • Derek Royal
    An outstanding work, and one of the best of its kind that I've read so far this year. (Might it be one of my "Best of" this year on the podcast?) The strength of this book is its story that has everything to do with social media, "fake news," and personal involvement in these. But you could say that the art is equally significant...and it is! I was amazed by the art of his previous work, Beverly, but the art in this book at least meets the impres...
  • Peter
    Wow. Drnaso has written and drawn a beautiful meditation on a horrific event and how the repercussions of that event affect not only those directly related to (spoilers), but how it spirals. The story is so well paced, lots of panels slowly develop, usually without dialog. I’ve never seen this done so effectively in a graphic novel.As you progress through the book the characters fill in around the edges. We witness their interactions (there’s...
  • Javier Curbelo
    Haneke in comics. Chilling and distressing. Not for the faint-hearted. Masterpiece!
  • Kim Boyd
    holy crap!!
  • MK King
    The Alex Jones InfoWars monologues and conspiracy theory stalkers that appear throughout this cautionary tale of our fake-news dying civilization are captured powerfully by Drnaso. I get a Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine vibe from the art and combined with the fantastic storytelling I would recommend this to fans of Drawn and Quarterly.
  • Kathleen
    My review for the Chicago Tribune: scientist and extremism expert Michael Barkun asserts that conspiracy theories can be defined by three key principles: First, that nothing happens by accident; second, that nothing is as it seems; and third, that everything is connected. A corollary is that conspiracy theories morph to accommodate whatever evidence would seem to contradict them, so they can never...
  • Rachel Davies
    read this!!!!!!
  • Mia
    As many of you already know, Sabrina by Nick Drnaso has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, which is the first time ever that a comic has been nominated for the prize! Many people are glad and think it’s worthy of the nomination while some others think it’s belittling the prize. I think that the latter are coming from a place of elitism and ignorance, to be completely honest. There’s still a notion that comics are less than novel, may...
  • Rachel Hyppolite
    Quelle BD marquante sur l'influence des médias et les théories du complot sur des cas tragiques. En ces temps des fake news et des informations gonflées à l'hélium par un seul tweet, cette histoire est plus actuelle que jamais. Elle prend du temps à se déployer, mais elle devient terrifiante et pertinente au fur et à mesure que l'intrigue avance.
  • Morgan
    Feels a little too 'on the nose' w/r/t its commentary on 'fake news' etc. but still very cool and impressive
  • Tina
    A subtle yet brilliantly executed story about a missing person, online paranoia fuelled by fake news and the inability to connect to those close to you.I wasn't sure initially of what to expect from 'Sabrina', but the blurb gave me the impression that it would be a mystery akin to 'Black Mirror'. However, once I started reading, it quickly became clear to me that this story was something different entirely. Sure, the disappearance of Sabrina is a...
  • vostendrasamigos yotengolibros
    I just finish the book, it was heavy to read, I know what kind of media the book is talking about but I'm not from United States, I understand the heat and if I was from that country I will be buying copies of this book and giving it away in the street like crazy, but since I'm not an the thematic doesn't hit so close to home even that post-truth is a global thing I think this book talks from specially some of the practices that are happening in ...
  • Monika
    I’ve decided to try to read as many of the titles from the Man Booker long list as I can, and when I heard a graphic novel had been nominated for the first time, I knew I had to start here. This was an incredibly unnerving read, and highly deserving of the nomination. This is a story about the nature of truth, and in the time of Trump, it is terrifyingly relevant. I would highly recommend this, even if graphic novels aren’t your thing.
  • Oryx
    There's something about graphic novel dialogue that will always be a little too jarring for me on the page. That said, the dialogue in this was an absolute master class. The whole thing was, actually -- it's better than many, many novels I've read in recent months, grappling with the shit show of contemporary society like a sniper picking shots from a roof. Astute. It floored me. Zadie Smith's quote sums it up better than I ever could. Why not fi...
  • Nieves Batista
    Reseña originalFrío, distante, colores sobrios, no obstante, efectivo. Lo que cuenta esta novela gráfica puede estar pasando justo en este momento, es muy realista.AmpliaciónPuesto que se ha convertido en la primera novela gráfica en ser nominada al Booker Prize he decidido ampliar la reseña.¿Es merecedora de la nominación? Ciertamente no lo sé, puesto que no soy una gran lectora de comics y no tengo base para comparar. Lo que sí tengo ...
  • Peter Gasston
    A cold, distant book, reminiscent of Chris Ware at first but developing a very unique voice as it progresses. The art is very simple—perhaps too simple, as it can be hard to tell characters apart in a few places—but very effective. The story develops from a mystery to something darker and less stable that effectively captures the worst of modern ‘post-truth’ life in a way I’ve yet to see any medium manage so well. It’s sterile, enigma...
  • Koen Claeys
    This is the kind of book that creeps under your skin, almost makes you feel sick to your stomach because of the way Drnaso tackels psychological horrors in current day society. I could not stop reading. A masterpiece !
  • Cristian
    Quite an impressive achievement! Longer review to follow.
  • Nicole D.
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  • Charlie
    Deeply bleak and tense and true. Drnaso's Sabrina starts out as a blank-faced look at the mundanity of contemporary life on the slopes of the bell curve, before steering headfirst into a confrontation with the cretinous world of online alt-right conspiracies. It could feel a bit on-the-nose when it gets there, but it's a topic that deserves a straight look rather than a glancing disapproval. It's deeply unsettling how Drnaso draws his characters'...