Published on May 19th, 2016 | by Tom Hart


ROSALIE LIGHTNING: An Excerpt from TOM HART’s Graphic Memoir About His Daughter

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Tom Hart’s daughter Rosalie died, before she turned two years old. He drew a book about her, about grief, and about life. This is an excerpt, but the whole book should be read, and I hope you will. Scott McCloud called it “honest, searching, burning, and beautiful…” And I can only agree, while wishing it was not in the world, and the little girl still was, and hold it stunned by the depth of what her father has created.

You can read MUTHA’s interview with Tom, here. – Meg Lemke


Rosalie Lightning is published by St. Martin’s, copyright 2016, excerpt reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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About the Author

Tom Hart is a cartoonist and the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida. He is the creator of the Hutch Owen series of graphic novels and books, and has been nominated for all the major industry awards. His The Collected Hutch Owen was nominated for best graphic novel in 2000. He was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Scott McCloud. His daily Hutch Owen comic strip ran for 2 years in newspapers in New York and Boston, and his “Ali’s House”, co-created with Margo Dabaie was picked up by King Features Syndicate.

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