The Dandelion King, Love and Loss in the Gas Line is a graphic novel about a family in the aftermath of a divorce in the 1970’s. Heide Solbrig’s parents—her father a political refugee and brilliant botanist, her mother, an independent activist—had two children before Heide’s father fell in love with his younger grad student assistant. Heide’s mother packed her children into a car and returned to her parents in the conservative city of Wittier, CA.
Churning politics of liberation, civil rights, gender roles and autonomy swirl around the first two chapters of a larger story, told across multiple platforms. Part comic, part prose, Heide dives deep into the social and political influences on families in the wake of the civil rights movement and feminist awakening of the 1960’s.