Factory Summers is on The Herald Scotland’s Best of 2021 list

The best graphic novels of 2021

The Herald Scotland    |    Teddy Jamieson    |    December 16, 2021

Slightly overlooked in the end-of-year lists so far is Guy Delisle’s Factory Summers (Drawn & Quarterly, £17.99), the cartoonist’s account of his teenage summer job working in the local paper mill in Quebec.

Delisle mixes up blocky figurework with neatly rendered city and factoryscapes. Add to that the insights into a working environment, the people who work in the factory and his own family and you have one of the most satisfying, nostalgic and insightful graphic memoirs of the year. For anyone who remembers their teenage summer job with fondness (or not).

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