Time Under Tension

Harkness, M.S.


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M.S. Harkness is graduating from art school in Minneapolis and facing a crossroads in life. She has a strained relationship with her mother, a sexually abusive father on parole, and is in love with an aspiring MMA fighter who mostly hangs out with her to get high and already has a girlfriend and career prospects with a fight promoter. An art career feels untenable – as one professor tells her, \”Don’t expect to get by on this fucked-up broke girl shit.\” She decides to get a personal trainer’s certificate – it seems like a feasible and sensible career option – but continues to dabble as a sex worker and weed dealer because the money is too irresistible. With idle hands due to no classes or full-time work, M.S. has ample time to aimlessly fuck around – or, to get her shit together. \”I want to be better, I want to be stable and solid. I don’t want to keep aimlessly shifting between untenable situations.\” Harkness’s bold, precise black-and-white cartooning and eye for storytelling invites the reader in, while her sharp wit and naturalist ear as a writer takes it away from there. Never didactic, always real, Time Under Tension is a spirited and assured work of graphic memoir.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
Imprint: Fantagraphics US
Publication date: 24/10/2023

ISBN: 9781683968962 Category: