VSL:BOOKS // A graphic novel for people who don’t love graphic novels

The publishers of I Live Here describe it as a “unique paper documentary.” To us, it looks like an elaborately packaged set of graphic novels — four in all, and each one contains arresting, powerful stories about people we often ignore.

The set’s pull-out sections focuses on Burma, Mexico, Malawi, and Chechnya, respectively. The writers and artists behind the project — actress Mia Kirshner (The L Word), author J. B. MacKinnon (Dead Man in Paradise), and creative directors Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simon — combine fiction, journal entries, drawings, and collages. The subjects are large (war, globalization, AIDS) and small (young people struggling just to get through their day) but never mundane. And the illustrations are striking — even beautiful. I Live Here’s well worth a look whether or not you like comic books.

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VSL:BOOKS // A graphic novel for people who don’t love graphic novels