Notables 2010: Nate Neal’s Delia’s Love

Nate Neal, “Delia’s Love.” MOME, no. 15, 2009.

Nate Neal, recently the author of a graphic novel about prehistoric cave dwellers, also is fascinated by more contemporary societies. Clearly structured, despite somewhat-complex flashbacks, “Delia’s Love” is a story of down-and-outness and complicated romantic ans sexual history. It’s told sensitively, and with subtlety, despite the sometimes harsh subject matter. No character comes off as either entirely hero or victim, and that’s how I like it.

Age: Adult


What is this “Notable” thing all about? Matt and Jessica are the series editors for the Best American Comics, and are responsible for the Notable Comics list at the back of the book, which is comprised of virtually all the comics we sent to the guest editor that weren’t picked, as well as a number of others that we think are noteworthy for various reasons, but that we didn’t send to the guest editor.

We’ve always hoped readers will delve a bit into the list to find more great stories once they finish reading BAC. Realistically, though, we know that’s tough. What can you know about a story from a title and author? So this is one of a series of posts focusing on each of the Notables from the 2010 Best American Comics.

Have or know of a comic we should look at? Find submission info here.

The “age” suggestion is what we think might be the minimum age for reading and appreciating a work. All works on the list, though, should appeal to older audiences too. It’s a minimum suggestion only.


2 Comments to Notables 2010: Nate Neal’s Delia’s Love

  • by vollsticks

    On April 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    The other one with the young girl and middle-aged man who have a short-lived affair was brilliant, too. Really effective work and he made the subdued (I know, such an overused word!) palette really work.

  • by Matt

    On April 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Nate’s done a bunch of really good stuff in Mome (and all of it very different from his Sanctuary book–have you read that yet?).

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