Author: Guillaume Singelin
Singelin's PTSD is an adult fiction graphic novel that grapples with the reality of being a war veteran about a traumatized war vet who must fend for herself against all odds.
After returning home from an unpopular war, Jun becomes an outsider in an indifferent world. Alone, desperate, and suffering from wounds both mental and physical, she seeks relief in the illicit drugs she manages to purchase or steal. Jun’s tough exterior served her well in combat, but she’ll need to nurture her vulnerability and humanity to survive at home. With the support of her fellow vets, the kindness of a stranger who refuses to turn away, and the companionship of a dog named Red, Jun learns to navigate the psychological trauma that she experienced in the war.
In The News
"Singelin’s lush watercolors bring rich, tropical texture to the infinitely detailed, Tokyo-inspired cityscape. The spiraling city and vibrant colors give the world a surreal, out-of-time quality, like a violent dream. Unlike in macho tales of grit and glory, Singelin infuses his story and characters with deep, simmering warmth...This is a gorgeous meditation on the lingering horrors of war." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"French-Laotian creator Singelin creates a gritty and suffocatingly detailed atmosphere, with candy-coated coloring that ebbs into a grimy color wash...Teens interested in cutting-edge comics will appreciate this eerie tale." —School Library Journal
"How are we meant to feel about the violence that has undone so many? Its moral, however, is unassailable: to reconnect with the world, you must lend a helping hand to others but—equally important—accept one when it’s offered to you. Having a scrappy dog at your side can’t hurt, either." —Booklist