by Joyce Farmer
Joyce Farmer was out the comics business a number of years until the death her parents forced her back to the drawing board. The result is Special Exits. The graphic novel chronicles Farmer’s experiences being the primary care giver to her father and mother-in-law during their final years. By interspersing flashbacks of her parents’ lives the book becomes a biography of her parents as much as Farmer’s own memoir. It is an emotional bulldozer. Special Exits seems a sure bet to enter the small canon of graphic novels whose universal appeal transcends the bias of those who normally avoid the format. Highly recommended.