Curveball is a science fiction graphic novel telling the story of a waiter named Avery coping with the ending of a difficult relationship. Having spent years attempting to build something substantial with an indecisive sailor named Christophe, Avery stubbornly holds on despite the mounting evidence against him. The idea of the relationship has eclipsed it's reality and in Avery's already troubled life, the allure of something dependable is a powerful force.
Curveball focuses on the duality of hope and delusion. How ignorance is integral to surviving our day to day lives but can be incredibly destructive if allowed to blossom into 'optimism'.
This is the gorgeous debut of a talented young cartoonist telling the most universal of tales: a love story.
About the Author
Jeremy Sorese was born in Berlin, raised in Virginia, and educated in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art and Design before becoming a resident of La Maison des Auteurs in Angouleme, France. He is the creator and current writer of the Steven Universe comic series, published monthly by BOOM studios. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Sorese has the moving ability to explore the sweet aching melancholy of getting over a broken love, in a hypothetical future so well pictured that it feels alive and familiar well after you put the book down". —Julie Maroh, Blue Is the Warmest Color
Sorese masterfully immerses the reader in the story from the first moment. Incredibly human stories exist in a world full of robots and fantastic beasts. The story is heartbreaking, but heartbreaking in the "how great is humanity" kind of way; the kind of heartbreak that leaves you in love with the world. —LAMBDA Literary, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Graphic Novel
Sorese’s character development and visual choices push this story into new territory. [...] There’s a bit of stream of consciousness about Curveball’s construction, but that’s the best thing; it keeps you reading and moreover, looking, alive with an electricity that is just barely under control. —Library Journal
[Sorese] renders a universal melancholia with a pinpoint precision and a tangible sincerity. [...] These are infinitely relatable scenes writ large. —The AV Club