Out of Hollow Water
104 pages 6" x 6" perfect bound book w/ French flaps, color cover, black & white and 2 color interior
Out of Hollow Water, the debut book by Anna Bongiovanni, is an exercise in the fantastical and intensely personal, plumbing hidden depths both real and imagined. It is a work that wanders into the dark recesses of the female experience, where the only escape is through cathartic release, taking myriad forms.
This book draws and expands upon themes Bongiovanni has cultivated in past works, while signaling a shift in presentation. Moving from the rough, scratchy inked pages of their minicomics to the hazy imperfection of pencil on vellum, Bongiovanni has constructed a space befitting their oblique narratives. This triptych of stories showcases a stark, emergent voice in the ever growing world of comics, one worth following down whatever path they might take you.
PRAISE FOR OUT OF HOLLOW WATER!!
...a shadow smeared dream-cycle rife with haunting symbolism.
An unsettling and haunting debut.
Just from looking at Bongiovanni’s style, you know you’re about to experience something deeply personal.
Anna’s scratchy, understated line unerringly evokes helplessness, violation, and a lingering sense of psychic revulsion, dropping the presumed morals out from under you and then implicating you in the inevitable disaster. The effect is smart, chilling, viscerally disturbing but never showy or cruel.
There’s a beautiful eeriness to Bongiovanni’s work that I find irresistible. Like an old black and white film about some forgotten fairy tale.
Noah Van Sciver
Haunting, disturbing, breathtaking and beautiful — this is a story that will stay with you.