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 in this ongoing, complex, and emotional autobiographical comic.
In this issue, Cathy reconnects with an old-flame to try to rebuild a friendship, and has difficulty becoming sober. Cathy’s dad recalls the time he nearly blew himself up disposing of human waste during the Vietnam War. Also in this issue, a profile of Chicago Imagist, Roger Brown, and Cathy imagines what it would be like to date Camus.