“Blad” (vernicular for “fat”) is the debut comic from austrian artist “Borretsch”. Writing under a pseudonym, it’s a highly personal account of her upbringing in rural upper austria and the onset of her eating disorder.


There’s little to no dialogue, with a sole narrator telling the story alongside a collage of symbolic and metaphorical images. The combination of the two is what makes this worth reading. So good it almost seems arbitrary, the myriads of associations evoked by each panel make most other symbolist graphic novels seem like dilettante shit. Check it out. (EDIT: All three parts are available as a free PDF-download.)