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AuthorTravis Dandro
LanguageEnglish
PublisherDrawn and Quarterly
Publication Date6-Aug-2019
Book DescriptionFrom a child s-eye view, Travis Dandro recounts growing up with a drug-addicted birth father, alcoholic step-dad, and overwhelmed mother. As a kid, Dandro would temper the tension of his every day with flights of fancy, finding refuge in toys and animals and insects rather than the unpredictable adults around him. Dandro perceptively details the effects of poverty and addiction on a family while maintaining a child s innocence for as long as he can. King of King Court spans from Travis s early childhood through his teen years, focusing not only on the obviously abusive actions, but also on the daily slights and snubs that further strain relations between him and his parents. Alongside Dandro s birth father committing crimes and shooting up, King of King Court lingers on scenes of him criticizing Travis and his siblings. Dandro gives equal heft to these anecdotes, emphasizing how damaging even relatively slight traumas can be to a child s worldview. As Travis matures into young adulthood and begins to understand the forces shaping his father s toxic behaviours, the story becomes even more nuanced. Travis is empathetic to his father s own tragic history, but unable to escape the cycle of misconduct and reprisals they are caught in. King of King Court is a revelatory autobiography that examines trauma, addiction, and familial relations in a unique and sensitive way.
About the AuthorTravis Dandro was born August 2, 1974 in Leicester, Massachusetts. He started publishing his first comic strip, Twerp, in the local newspaper when he was 13 years old, earning $15 a week! After graduating from Montserrat College of Art in 1996, Travis continued drawing comics, his work appearing in dozens of college newspapers across the USA and Canada. He also self published Journal which was a notable comic in the 2010 and 2012 editions of The Best American Comics. King of King Court is his first graphic novel. Travis lives in Maine with his wife and three sons.
Number of Pages464
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