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’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.

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  • Lindsey
    May 13, 2017


    I heard Emil Ferris interviewed on Fresh Air by Terry Gross. She was there to talk about her graphic novel, My Favorite Thing is Monsters and about how she began work on the novel while she was recovering from paralysis caused by West Nile fever. Holy cow, that story is amazing enough,...

  • Kris
    May 13, 2017


    Emil Ferris crafted this big thick gorgeous book full of delicious drawings of late '60s Uptown, Chicago. The book tells the story of the warmth of family, friends and the intimacy between an artist and their work. The monsters are imagined "Creature Features" monsters as well as real ...

  • Rene Saller
    May 12, 2017

    Rene Saller

    Gorgeously drawn and recounted, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is one of the most astonishing graphic novels that I have ever read. (I don't read all that many of them, but I am passionately acquainted with some of the greats, including Lynda Barry, Roz Chast, Alison Bechdel, and Chris ...

  • Lynn
    May 12, 2017


    A remarkable book to be sure. I liked the beginning more than the ending, as the story got a little too edgy for my personal taste. The drawings, particularly some that are renditions of famous paintings (I think all at the Art Institute of Chicago) are pretty remarkable. The book is s...

  • Mel
    May 10, 2017


    Every so often an important graphic work comes along. Made by artists like Robert Crumb, Linda Barry, Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Jaime Hernandez and Dan Clowes; to name only a few. Love or hate these artists, you are forced to admit that they have somehow jarred you with great unique...

  • Angie
    May 10, 2017


    What an amazing book. The depiction of Uptown in the 60s could almost be Uptown today. And as a girl who loved monsters and watching Saturday matinees on Creature Feature (to the point where I freaked myself out and made my brother sleep on the floor of my room sometimes!) I absolutely...

  • Molly
    May 8, 2017


    There is a LOT going on in this graphic novel and I am pretty bummed that I have to wait until January for volume two. The art reminds me of early Phoebe Gloeckner, which is high praise, and the writing is good. There are a few mysteries going on within the narrative and I am very curi...

  • Sarah
    May 6, 2017


    “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”- Stephen King“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking...

  • Jeanne
    Apr 27, 2017


    Emil Ferris's graphic novel, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 1, is wild and wonderful. It was "drawn" by Karen, a wolf-girl, in a spiral-bound notebook. In this notebook, Kare attempts to make sense of a neighbor's past and her recent murder (or suicide?), her mother's cancer, her ...

  • Madalyn Cohron
    Apr 22, 2017

    Madalyn Cohron

    Best graphic novel I've read in a while. Can't wait for the next volume!!! ...