One Dirty Tree

Noah Van Sciver’s highly personal graphic memoir ranks higher on my list than his mopey Lincoln book but still nowhere near as good as the Fante Bukowskis. All about life as a kid in a Mormon family in New Jersey with tons of siblings, a stay-at-home mom who eventually went out to get a job at an art supply store, and a dad whose short fuse resulted in some leather belt whippings and more. He does illuminate some of his favorite comics growing up, like Milk & Cheese (yay!). Interspersed with childhood memories are those from life in Denver where he’s agonizing about breaking up with the girlfriend who doesn’t seem to like him very much, and working a bazillion jobs trying to stay afloat as a cartoonist.