On the Dial | Only Skin
Sean Ford's debut graphic novel, Only Skin, follows a young woman named Cassie and her brother Clay, whose father has disappeared in the forest outside an unnamed town. Their father, Sam, was estranged from his children after a messy affair, and they arrive to care for his service station in his absence, possibly make amends, and, hopefully, find him.
No sooner do Cassie and Chris pull into town, do they learn that Sam's disappearance was actually the first of several, his employee Chris suffers from narcoleptic fits that let him peer into the future, and that a shady forest profiteering deal may be at the root of the problem. There are severed limbs, conspiracy theories, jilted lovers, playground bullies, and ghosts.
There's great attention to detail, whether it's the Cassius Clay poster hanging in Sam's service station, or the mood appropriate reading material on a bedside table. Only Skin kind of reads like a Kelly Link story with a dash of Twin Peaks, but tonally more akin to '80s movies.
Victor LaValle says that, "Only Skin is beautifully spooky and never gives you quite what you expect. Sean Ford is one of my favorite new artists and this book will serve as an excellent introduction. Get on board now so you can mock the rest of the world when they figure out how cool this shit is."
You should check it out!