“Lonely” is an autobiographical comic about Erin’s adventures growing up an only child in Los Angeles on a street with few other children, and with parents who went out of their way to fill the sibling-void by teasing her incessantly. It’s about the hilarious and bizarre things kids come up with to entertain themselves when no one else will. It’s about how cruel children can be to each other, and how kind they sometimes are. It’s about watching Leave it to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet and aching for a childhood that looked like that. Mostly it’s about what it’s like to be lonely before you’re really old enough to know what loneliness is. The first issue, “Mark,” is a stand-alone story about Erin’s long-lost older brother Mark (actually just a few old pillows and blankets stuffed into clothes and wearing glasses—but hey, he was the star of his imaginary basketball team!) and the relationship she somehow managed to develop with a pile of dirty bedding.
Presented entirely in black & white, “Lonely” is one of the comics in our debut anthology, The Freshmen Fifteen–available to order through our store or for digital download via Graphicly, Amazon Kindle, or iBookstore!