Billy, Me & You

By: Nicola Streeten

Catalogue Number: 7TN-23MT

Billy, Me & You

  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Myriad Editions
  • ISBN: 9780956559944
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Synopsis

Nicola Streeten's little boy, Billy, was two years old when he died following heart surgery for problems diagnosed only ten days earlier. Thirteen years later, able finally to revisit a diary written at the time, Streeten began translating her notes into a graphic novel. The result, a retrospective reflection from a 'healed' perspective and gut wrenchingly sad at moments, is an unforgettable portrayal of trauma and our reaction to it - and, especially, the humour or absurdity so often involved in our responses. As Streeten's story unfolds and we follow her and her partner's heroic efforts to cope with well-meaning friends and day-to-day realities, we begin to understand what she means by her aim to create a 'dead baby story that is funny'.

Author's Biography

Nicola Streeten is the co-creator (with artist Sarah Lightman) of Laydeez do Comics, a graphic novel forum with a focus on the new wave of comic work ('more domestic than superheroes') based on the drama of everyday life. An illustrator since 1996, Nicola is studying for a Master of Research at Lincoln University. Billy, Me & You first appeared in serialised form in Liquorice Magazine.

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