A Love Letter to Pets, Punk, and Portland in
Nicole Georges’ Newest Acclaimed Graphic Novel
Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home
(Out 7/18 on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
“An honest, moving portrayal of the essential bond between humans and animals.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“Nicole Georges makes my favorite art about love and vulnerability…Funny, gorgeous, and true.”—Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent
“Fetch combines the best qualities of diary comics—particularity and granular detail—with the zoomed-out view of someone who has completed an arduous, mythic, and expansive journey.”—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
“A magical world so full of tenderness it might just break you, it’s a place I love to visit and rarely want to leave. I want Nicole to draw the whole world, but her hands would fall off.” —Sarah Shapiro, co-creator of Unreal
From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet.
When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.
Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.
“I spent a year writing & researching, and 2 hard years drawing the story of my dog, Beija. It’s a story about art, feminism, finding your place, and how a bad dog helped me grow up,” says Georges.