Look Straight Ahead

look straight ahead

by Elaine M. Will

Jeremy Knowles is a 17-year-old outcast who dreams of being a great artist. But when he suffers a severe mental breakdown brought on by bullying and other pressures at school, his future is called into question – as is his very existence! Can he survive the experience through the healing power of art? And just what does it mean to be “crazy,” anyway? Features bonus ‘fan art’ from Jeff Lemire, Dylan Horrocks and others.


256 page black and white with some color paperback

Alternative Comics, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-991866-90-8
Diamond Code: AUG130935

Weight 23.00 oz
Price: $19.95



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Book of the Week, Ladies Making Comics

Spotlight Pick, The Comics Journal

Nominated for the National Bank Financial Wealth Management First Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014
Nominated for the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014

“One of the best and most sensitive explorations of teenage psychosis and mental illness I have read in some considerable time. […] an excellent piece of contemporary fiction” — Jonathan, Page 45

“Look Straight Ahead is an impressive exploration of mental illness in the life of an artist” —Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

“An early sequence of his drawing, which descends into [the character’s] own visions, is both startlingly accomplished cartooning and a disturbing foreshadowing of what’s to come. [The artwork] makes his illusions seductively attractive.” — Publishers Weekly

“…uniformly excellent. Striking the perfect balance between cartooning and representational art, [Will has] built a comic book world that’s recognizable as our own, but as drawn by her, and then she’s filled it with realistic characters delineated in a personal style.”
— Robot 6, Comic Book Resources

“Will tackles the story with energy, flair and a light touch, through a mix of bold cartooning and imaginative layouts.” —Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier

“Will’s novel is deep, thought-provoking, and a delight for readers who enjoy introspective, character-driven stories that examine the meaning of reality and sanity.” —Laura Gallardo, Library Journal

“Not sure if I’d received either the most depressing or intriguing graphic novel ever published, I started leafing through the book… and to my astonishment found one of the most creative and compelling books by a new creator that I’d read in a long time.” —Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

“A very powerful look at some serious mental instability from the perspective of someone who’s living it.” —Sean Kleefeld, MTV Geek

“Will’s illustrations of Jeremy’s limited external life but vibrant interior life are nothing short of astonishing.” —Bill Robertson, The Star Phoenix

“An eloquent and entertaining story, which successfully gives readers a way to empathize with people who perceive the world through a different perspective.” —Chad Kuffert, Helios Sacrifice 

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