Published on November 15th, 2023 | by Rick Louis and Lara Antal0
Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars: An Excerpt
Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars, a graphic memoir written by Rick Louis and drawn by Lara Antal, recounts one parent’s unique and wrenching journey caring for a child with a terminal diagnosis.
RICK: I remember Ronan’s mom telling me once that she felt his loss so viscerally because he grew inside her. The fact that we were having different experiences as parents ends up being a key part of the story. One of the big challenges for me was depicting how my parenting experience overlapped and contrasted with hers—but without presuming to speak for her or tell her story. I hope we achieved that balance!
LARA: As a child-free person bringing a story about parenthood to life, I tried to proceed with respect and deference, but as my collaboration with Rick continued, I grew less afraid that I would break something “fragile” and began to lean into my instincts. I’ve been told there is a similar process in parenthood: letting go of preciousness, proceeding despite fear. Since Ronan‘s publication, I’ve received beautiful feedback from readers. A father shared how our story helped him love his son more, especially during the most difficult months of his infancy. A child-free queer man said the book contained information about love he had never heard elsewhere, and that it had already helped him deal with a personal heartbreak. Moments like these keep me making art; the joy of what I do is using stories to help people connect to human experiences different from their own.
This excerpt from Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars is reprinted by permission of Abrams ComicArts