It Never Happened Again: Two Stories - Sam Alden

The two stories in Sam Alden's collection It Never Happened Again are poetic and nuanced. "Hawaii 1997" is a heartbreaking story capturing a moment of impossible connection between a boy and girl. "Anime" is a longer story, though as developed as any short story to produce thoughtful and emotionally resonating final moment. Alden's illustrative and narrative tone will fill you with a range of emotions most comics artists can only dream of--it's all in the moment, in the light and in the shadows, and it's all in the pace of the panels and the turning of the page, and Alden seems to do it all with a natural storyteller's grace. Though short, this book packs more emotional weight than those twice its size.