Collecting all of Kurt Ankeny’s short story comics from 2014-2019, Pleading with Stars is his debut book with indie publishing legend AdHouse Books. This collection includes sold out stories such as Dark Desert Dawn, A Bomb, Saltwater Snow, E, and many more.
Kurt uses a variety of media to create expressive comics about family tensions, longing, and survival. Kurt’s minimal art style allows for small details to carry his stories along with great effect.
“Every choice made by Kurt Ankeny in his visually ambitious, restless, and innovative cartooning—every line and letter, moment of color, and mark on the page—feels completely his own. These unforgettable comics, unforgettable and bold, are unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. I am so thrilled this book (and its creator) exist.” —Matt Fraction
“Kurt Ankeny’s comics explore the nuances of the human condition with keen observation, versatility, and wistful poeticism.” —Whit Taylor
“In Pleading with Stars, Ankeny employs variations made available by his deft application of line and colour to illustrate quietly observed moments of humanity and subtle dignity.” —Connor Willumsen