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LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD

Available November 6, 2017

Jeremy Knowles is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist. But when he suffers a severe mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school, his future is called into question — as is his very existence! Can he survive the experience through the healing power of art? And just what does it mean to be "crazy," anyway?

Originally self published in 2013, Renegade welcomes Elaine to our roster of award winning graphic novel creators, with her breakout book Look Straight Ahead.

“Look Straight Ahead is the comic I didn’t know I couldn’t live without. It’s a gorgeous dreamscape inside a perfectly realized gut-level reality, I love it. You’ll love it. Read this book – you’ll be haunted, amused, and quite possibly brought to tears.” – Gail Simone (Batgirl, Red Sonja and Secret Six)

“Elaine Will’s work is an undiscovered treasure." – Jeff Lemire (Justice League United, Underwater Welder and Trillium)

“Will has a strong sense of character and an ear for authentic dialogue, making this an extremely readable and accessible work." – Paula Jane Remlinger, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

Joe Shuster Award nominee (2011)

Saskatchewan Book Award nominee (2014)

Recommended by Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatoon

Elaine M. Will (Writer, Artist) - Elaine Will is an illustrator and cartoonist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, most well-known for her acclaimed graphic novel Look Straight Ahead, a story about mental illness (and one of the last winners of the Xeric Award, from the final grant cycle). She also drew Dustship Glory, adapted from the novel of the same name by Andreas Schroeder.

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Look Straight Ahead

Look Straight Ahead

COMING NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Jeremy Knowles is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist. But when he suffers a severe mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school, his future is called into question — as is his very existence! Can he survive the experience through the healing power of art? And just what does it mean to be "crazy," anyway?


Originally self published in 2013, Renegade welcomes Elaine to our roster of award winning graphic novel creators, with her breakout book Look Straight Ahead.



Will’s novel is deep, thought-provoking, and a delight for readers who enjoy introspective, character-driven stories that examine the meaning of reality and sanity.
Library Journal


“An early sequence of his drawing, which descends into [the character's] own visions, is both startlingly accomplished cartooning and a disturbing foreshadowing of what’s to come. [The artwork] makes his illusions seductively attractive.” — Publishers Weekly


“Look Straight Ahead is the comic I didn’t know I couldn’t live without. It’s a gorgeous dreamscape inside a perfectly realized gut-level reality, I love it. You’ll love it. Read this book – you’ll be haunted, amused, and quite possibly brought to tears.” – Gail Simone








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"Will’s novel is deep, thought-provoking, and a delight for readers who enjoy introspective, character-driven stories that examine the meaning of reality and sanity."

Library Journal

"[A]n intense exploration of mental illness, using the unique framework of the comic medium to explore a topic that’s rarely discussed in graphic novels."

Cloudscape

"Look Straight Ahead is the comic I didn’t know I couldn’t live without."

Gail Simone (First Comics News)

"[B]eautiful, true, captivating."

Emily Harrington (Good Reads)

"[A] fascinating look at mental illness, from the inside."

Ryan Miller (Good Reads)

"I cannot praise enough Look Straight Ahead as a work of art. If you love coming-of-age stories as much as I do, you will want to read it."

Brad Hawley, Fantasy Literature