In a fluid recollection of events in her life, Cathy Hannah grapples with what it means to be an adult in modern America in her minicomic series, Alas. In her 30’s, Cathy feels like she should have “being an adult” figured out by now, but she sees her failings more easily than her successes. She can’t find a steady job, or a steady relationship, and can’t figure out how her peers have figured it out. Different story lines ebb and flow into each other: a difficult romantic relationship that hasn’t become easier with time and distance, Cathy struggling to find self-worth in other people’s eyes, her father’s memories from the Vietnam War, and Cathy’s own protests against NATO, Boeing and the open-ended global war on terror.
Alas is an ongoing complex and emotional autobiographical comic told with unflinching honesty and the occasional burst of humor. Cathy is a skilled artist and story teller, whose deceptively simple line-work makes her work very accessible and devastating.