This February we are proud to host a release party for IVY, the debut graphic novel by local cartoonist Sarah Oleksyk.
The comic follows Ivy, a teenage girl raised by a single mother in a small coastal town in Maine, longs to leave her home and achieve her dream of becoming a painter. Unfortunately, daily life doesn’t run smoothly for someone whose anger often gets the better of her, and who makes enemies more easily than friends. But when Ivy begins a long-distance relationship with a kindred spirit, she gets a glimpse of freedom and acceptance too good to pass up. Only while trying to escape her troubles does she start to realize that while she can leave home, she can’t run away from herself.
Sarah Oleksyk is a Russ Manning award-nominated cartoonist and creator of multiple critically-acclaimed mini-comics. Ivy is her first full-length graphic novel.
Read the first chapter here: http://saraholeksyk.com/ivy.html
WHO: Sarah Oleksyk
WHAT: IVY book release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 3rd 6-10PM
WHERE: Floating World Comics
20 NW 5th Ave #101
Portland, OR 97209
Sarah Oleksyk is a member of the Tranquility Base art studio located in Old Town, Portland. Before signing with Oni, she self-published previous chapters of Ivy to sell at conventions and on her website. Her comics have also been published in the Best American anthology series and Papercutter. IVY is Sarah’s first published work, earning her a 2010 Russ Manning nomination as Best New Cartoonist.
Written and illustrated by Sarah Oleksyk, IVY features 218 pages in an prestige hardcover format for $19.99.
“A rare tale of adolescence as it is, not as one wishes it could be. IVY will inspire you and break your heart.” – Hope Larson (Mercury, Gray Horses)
Artwork will be on display until Feb. 28th.